Practice

Board of Directors

The need for a strong, well-functioning board of directors has never been greater. The board’s role has become more wide-ranging, complex, urgent, and time-consuming, involving leadership and structure, composition and qualifications, availability for service, and compensation.

Business strategy, financial stewardship, risk management, diversity, management performance, compensation, and succession all remain high on a board’s agenda.

Other relevant issues assume comparable importance, including the need for boards to address fast-moving developments such as rapid technological change, innovative business models, and business disruption. Sustainability and cyber security are routinely discussed at the board level while scrutiny by government regulators and activist investors continues to increase in intensity.

What we do

The challenges, opportunities and strategic requirements of each company are the prime determinants of board member qualifications. Board candidates must have demonstrated integrity, high ethical standards, and an understanding of fiduciary duty. They need listening, communicating, and influencing skills, as well as expertise relevant to the corporation’s business purpose, financial responsibilities, and risk profile. In today’s environment, boards should have the capacity to evaluate their composition, processes, availability of timely and relevant information, culture and climate, and learning for continuous improvement.

At August Leadership, our Board of Directors Practice can help you build and enhance your board to ultimately improve its effectiveness and performance.

Our Expertise

• Board Member Recruitment
• Board Structure
• Board Composition
• Board Orientation

Practice Team

Asad Haider

Founder and CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Kimberly Bishop

Chairman of Advisory Board and Managing Partner
Kim is an experienced C-suite executive and expert advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience.

Alastair Paton

Managing Partner - Europe
Alastair has more than 30 years’ international experience as a business leader, both in major blue chip multinational companies, and in global executive search.

John Purkiss

Partner
John has over 20 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Peter Grech

Partner
With 20 years experience recruiting regionally and internationally, Peter helps companies transform and innovate through brave, globally-minded leaders.

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Peter Bowstead

Partner
Peter has earned a reputation for executing particularly ‘difficult’ searches in both mature and frontier markets.

Jane Feng

Advisory Partner
Jane Feng is an Advisory Partner of August Leadership, based in Shanghai.

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