Board of Directors

Board Effectiveness in International Companies and Organizations

New Corporate and Subsidiary Governance to Develop Board Effectiveness


Programme Description

Experienced and new members of the Board of Directors learn to use new proven tools for the direction and control of international companies, organisations and their subsidiaries.

Target Audience

Chairpersons and members of the boards of directors and the managing boards of international companies and international organizations.


Start Dates
2 days
Application Deadline
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Programme Type
CHF 1900.-
Hotel Royal, Geneva
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


This Board Seminar will aim to apprise chairpersons and members of the boards of directors and the managing boards of international companies and organizations about the latest developments and important trends of Corporate and Subsidiary Governance. Participants will also benefit from new tools to develop board effectiveness.

Programme Benefits

To get familiar with the entrepreneurial and legal dimensions of Corporarte and Subsidiary Governance of international companies and organizations including new tools for the strategic direction and control at the board level.

Course Structure

Session I: November 5, 2021

  • New Corporate and NPO Governance:
    New Corporate and NPO Governance
    for International Companies and Organizations
    The Board as a Change Agent
    The Board as a Direction Setting Body
    The Board as a Team
    The Board as a Controlling Body
  • Strategic Direction:
    Owner Strategy by the Shareholders
    Strategic Directives by the Board of Directors
    Business Strategy by the Executive Board
  • Strategic Control:
    Strategic Control at the Board Level
    Ethical and Legal Compliance at the Board Level

Session II: November 6, 2021

  • HR Governance:
    Nomination of BoD and CEO
    Performance Review of BoD and CEO
    Remuneration of BoD and CEO
    Succession Planning of BoD and CEO
  • Best Practice Cases:
    NGO Governance: The WEF Case
    Corporate Governance: The Nestlé Case
  • Current Relevant Governance Topics:
    Governance of Digitalization
    Governance of Resilience
    Governance of Ventures
    Board Audits

Content & Faculty


Professor Martin Hilb,
Chairman of the International Board Foundation and President of the Swiss Institute of Directors

Professor Michael Hilb,
Entrepreneur – DBP Holding Ltd, Titular Professor at the University of Fribourg

Dr. Hans Jöhr,
Corporate Head of Agriculture of Nestlé SA, former President of the IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association)

Professor Harry Korine,
Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD and Lecturer of Corporate Governance at London Business School

Professor Roland Müller,
Chairman of Financial Market Authorities of Liechtenstein, Titular Professor at the Universities of Berne and St. Gallen

Alois Zwinggi,
Member of the Managing Board and Head of the Global Centre for Cyber Security, World Economic Forum (WEF)

Further information

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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