Corporate Director Selection and Recruitment: A Matrix

Conference Board Director Notes No. DNV5N10

11 Pages Posted: 24 May 2013

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Lawrence J. Trautman

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business; Texas A&M University School of Law (By Courtesy)

Date Written: May 2013


How do you build the best board for your organization? What attributes and skills are required by law and what mix of experiences and talents will give you the best corporate governance? What are the commonly required director attributes that are a must for each board and how do you customize and fine-tune your search to achieve a high performance board? Optimal board composition, that is, the best mix of director skills and experience will depend on many company-specific variables. Some of the most important of these variables include: (1) company lifecycle stage, (2) extent to which international markets are mission critical to your future (detailed understanding of target culture, markets and business risk); (3) unique technology dependence; and (4) need for access to financial and capital markets. My goal in writing this paper is to provide: answers to these basic questions, a roadmap for the entrepreneur faced with recruiting a board for the first time, a matrix methodology that every nominating committee and board can employ to systematically define their needs and explore their options, and provoke radical thinking about how any company-specific system of corporate governance may be improved by questioning existing fundamental assumptions.

This discussion of board composition is not set out in a vacuum; rather, it is based on a clear prejudice by the author that all current business operations should be a part of and based upon articulated enterprise strategy that is headed somewhere with purpose, and clearly communicated to all involved.

Keywords: Audit Committee, Board Composition, Board Recruitment & Selection, Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategy, Directors, Discrimination, Diversity, Gender, Glass Ceiling, Governance and Nominating Committee, Lead Director, Minority Directors, Race, Sex, Succession Planning, Women

JEL Classification: D23, G30, G34, K22, K40, J70, L20, M10, M13, M14

Suggested Citation

Trautman, Lawrence J., Corporate Director Selection and Recruitment: A Matrix (May 2013). Conference Board Director Notes No. DNV5N10, Available at SSRN:

Lawrence J. Trautman (Contact Author)

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business ( email )

Prairie View, TX
United States

Texas A&M University School of Law (By Courtesy) ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX Tarrant County 76102
United States

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