Director Networks, Turnover, and Appointments

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Luc Renneboog

Tilburg University - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Yang Zhao

Newcastle University

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Date Written: April 2018


This paper analyzes the labor market (turnover and appointments) of executive and non-executive directors by means of social network methodology. We find that directors with strong networks are able to obtain labor market information that enables them to leave their firm more easily for better opportunities. Networks also mitigate information asymmetry problems of external director appointments. Furthermore, the strong impact of indirect connections is in line with the ‘strength of the weak ties’ theory. The fact that direct connections are less important signifies that the connections to people that are close and local are likely to convey redundant information, whereas connections to distant individuals are more efficient in terms of information acquisition and labor market performance improvement.

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Director Networks, Director Turnover, Director Appointments

JEL Classification: G34, J4, L14

Suggested Citation

Renneboog, Luc and Zhao, Yang, Director Networks, Turnover, and Appointments (April 2018). European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 534/2017, Available at SSRN: or

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