Board of Directors

St.Gallen Board Academy


Developing Europe's New Generation of Board Members

Overview

Programme Description

The St.Gallen Board Academy is a joint initiative by the University of St.Gallen and Egon Zehnder. It has been designed to support participants in preparing for their first non-executive mandate at a large company by bringing them together with incumbent non-executive board members from prominent European companies.

At the St.Gallen Board Academy, chairs and senior board members of Europe's largest companies will share their experiences, perspectives and best practices with the next generation of Europe's leading board members. The aim of the programme is to learn from each other and to equip prospective board members with insights and conclusions from decades of real-life boardroom experiences held by the Academy's Board Faculty.

Note: If you already are a long-serving chair or senior board member of a large, listed company please consider the Academy's sister programme, the St.Gallen Board Retreat.

Impressions from the St.Gallen Board Academy:

Target Audience

The St.Gallen Board Academy is aimed at the following participants who wish to prepare themselves for taking up a non-executive mandate at a large company:

  • CEO or CXO (corporate level) from a company with revenues above EUR 2 billion.
  • Senior partner of a leading professional services firm.
  • Successful entrepreneur or accomplished subject matter expert.

All participants will be assessed prior to the programme in order to ensure that relevant peers will meet at the Board Academy. All industries, geographies, and functional backgrounds are welcome.
 

Infos

Start Dates
Duration
0.5 days virtual kick-off + 3 days on campus, 16-18 September 2022
Number of ECTS Credits
0
Level of Experience
Board
Owner/Entrepreneur
C-Level
Programme Type
Seminar
Price
CHF 12,900.-
Location
Executive Campus St.Gallen, Holzstrasse 15, 9010 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Individual Modules Bookable
No
Flexible Entry
No
Programme Language
English

Programme Benefits

Engage with peers from Europe’s most important boardrooms: At the St.Gallen Board Academy you will engage with distinguished Board Faculty consisting of experienced chairs and board members from some of Europe's largest companies. In addition, you will meet a carefully selected group of participants who will be your future peers at Europe's leading boardrooms.

Learn from personal experiences and evidence-based insights: Learn from the experiences of our Board Faculty who will share how they have navigated their role as non-executive board member. In addition, you will benefit from the governance expertise of leading academics from University of St.Gallen and the hands-on boardroom insights of senior search and board consultants from Egon Zehnder.

Prepare your first non-executive mandate: Prepare your transition into your first non-executive mandate by understanding how the market for board members works and by internalizing the attitude and mindset as well as the dos and don’ts of being an effective board member.

Content & Faculty

Today's board members are expected to think more strategic and transformational than ever while having to fit into a governance context of increasing compliance and accountability. Developing into an effective board member requires to rethink one's role in the organisation which means to embrace a new and often unfamiliar mindset: How to formulate the right questions rather than to make all the decisions? How to let go of your executive persona and transition into a non-executive mindset? How to know when to switch from supportive to interventionist mode in the boardroom?

The highly experienced Board Faculty of the St.Gallen Board Academy will share key learnings from their board tenures and support participants in growing into a non-executive role. The Academy will start with a virtual kick-off followed by an extended on-campus weekend from 16-18 September 2022 at the University of St.Gallen. A mix of plenary sessions and elective break-out discussions will cover both critical governance topics and offer in-depth reflections on focused questions.

The St.Gallen Board Effectiveness Framework will provide structure and conceptual clarity by laying out the critical topics that will be covered during the Board Academy:

SGBA Framework

 

Board Faculty who have contributed to the St.Gallen Board Academy include: 

  • Jill Ader, Chair at Egon Zehnder  

  • JC Deslarzes, Chair at Adecco Group and Board Member at Constellium SE

  • Christoph Franz, Chair at F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd and Board Member at Zurich Insurance Ltd

  • Ines Poeschel, Board Member at Alcon Inc and Implenia AG

  • Hauke Stars, Board Member at Fresenius SE & Co KGAA, Kuehne + Nagel International AG and RWE AG

  • Michèle Sutter-Ruedisser, Board Member at Erste Group Bank AG and Professor for Organizational Control and Corporate Governance

  • Pauline van der Meer Mohr, Board Member at HSBC plc and Viatris Inc.

  • Peter Voser, Chair at ABB Ltd and Board Member at IBM Corporation

  • Regula Wallimann, Board Member at Straumann Group, Adecco Group and Helvetia Holding

How to apply

Your Application

Please click on the application button on the top right of this page to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis within 10 business days. After you have been admitted we will schedule a short pre-programme interview where you can indicate your priorities and preferences.  

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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