Performance-Based Turnover on Corporate Boards
51 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2015 Last revised: 25 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 2017
We document an economically significant relation between director turnover and prior firm performance. This relation manifests in idiosyncratic stock returns consistent with relative performance evaluation and the monitoring of actions attributable to directors. The director turnover-performance sensitivity increases substantially throughout the 2000s, and varies with a number of governance characteristics, most notably with the presence of an active external blockholder. Directors who exit firms following poor performance are significantly less likely to obtain new directorships in the future. In sum, the threat of replacement for poor firm performance has become an increasingly significant incentive for the directors of public corporations.
Keywords: Director turnover, firm performance, board seats, replacement directors
JEL Classification: G34, J23
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