Programme designed for board members and C-suite members
The Executive Board Programme is our flagship course in corporate governance and is a unique educational experience that aims to develop board members for the global business scene. The programme is adapted to Scandinavian conditions and legislation.
Today’s boards have to deal with new pressures, challenges and risks in addition to evaluating the performance of the CEO and senior executives. They must therefore set the company’s strategic direction, often across diverse product markets and geographies, and monitor the firm’s risk profile.
This programme offers practical and tested frameworks and tools to sharpen judgment and decision-making skills. It also augments the oversight abilities of directors seeking to boost their existing competencies or to be better prepared for new board mandates. In two modules, you will master strategies for the following fundamental areas: board effectiveness and dynamics; board decision-making and oversight; and director effectiveness and development.
The Executive Board Programme is designed for potential professional board members, managers or executives preparing for their first board mandate to acquire the knowledge base that board members are expected to master.
It is also aimed at CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other C-suite executives, as well as family members and controlling shareholders of boards of family companies.
The Executive Board Programme is for you who want more knowledge, new skills and tools in your role as a value-adding board member. The typical participant is:
- Professionals, managers or executives without experience as board directors that aim to serve in a corporate governance role
- Family members and controlling shareholders of small and medium family companies
- Executive of government and non-profit organisations and agencies. Professionals from the institutional investment community
- Senior Executives (CEO, COO, CFO, CIO etc.)
Benefits of the Executive Board Programme
- an international board education adapted to Scandinavian culture and learning style
- an in-depth understanding of the complexity of the board work
knowledge and tools to play a key role in the board
- solid insight into prioritizing efforts and effective decision making under time pressure
- knowledge of the Board of Directors’ responsibilities and duties in relation to legislation and good corporate governance
- valuable insight into the interaction between the board, management and owners
knowledge about risk management and value creation
- an intense learning experience designed for those who have a busy program for daily use
- practice-oriented teaching and concrete tools and you will come home with utensils in the luggage that you can use immediately
- a professional network – Executive Forum – together with other professional board members
Participants are required to attend an opening dinner to be held on the first day of each module. The module 2 ends with a closing dinner.
In order to maximise your learning experience, we require your full attention and commitment for the duration of the programme.
|April 2022 - Executive Board Programme|
|Module 1||4 - 5 April 2022||Hotel Koldingfjord, Denmark|
|Module 2||11 - 14 October 2021||INSEAD, France|
|March 2022 Norway - Executive Board Programme|
|Module 1||28 - 29 March||Kløfta, Norway|
|Module 2||30 May - 1 June||INSEAD, France|
The Executive Board Programme is at a very high level and the professors and experts are extremely skilled. The academic level is high, but is nevertheless served in a down-to-earth manner – it is not just theories that “fly around the room”, but continuously present cases that illuminate and support relevant issues. In short, I am really excited about the whole program and implementation. One of the most important things I take home is the composition of a board. So how important diversity is to the dynamics and effectiveness of the board, so that good results are achieved that satisfy the owners and which can form the basis for good sparring for the CEO. In addition, the program has given me, overall, an important helicopter perspective on board work in general, and I have got some very concrete takeaways that I can use directly in my own boardroom – for example how we create better structure, visible goals and evaluate ourselves and ensure, that the board consists of the right competences.
Dorthe Håhr Dupont
Head of Nordea Ventures, Nordea
The Executive Board Programme INSEAD is a board education at a high academic level, and I have gained a lot from the program. The program’s international focus was important to me, as I work with boards in a number of different countries and thus must be able to handle board work in an international context. The teaching at INSEAD was unsurpassed, and Professor Stanislav’s passion and broad experience in board work have really given me valuable knowledge. I have become sharper and have gained a greater understanding of the demands, responsibilities and duties that one has in the board work. I have used my new knowledge in various contexts, both in boards I myself sit in, but also in relation to the executive colleagues, I advise in relation to their board positions. The teaching is academically founded, but still very practical and usable, and already after the first module in Denmark I used learning from the program. Finally, I have got a fantastic network of like-minded board members that I can really draw on – in many different ways.
The Executive Board Programme INSEAD is a very inspiring board education at a high academic level. The whole program, both for the professional content, the teachers and the practical implementation, has really been good – everything ran after a string. Personally, I have an ambition, within the foreseeable future, to move from exclusively to the CEO role to also go into board work. In this context, the program has dressed me up and provided me with a good foundation for taking the next important step. Some of what has been most important to me in the program is the knowledge I have gained about the corporate governance model, the legal and regulatory aspects, and the role of the Board of Directors in relation to the Executive Board. I also greatly appreciated the many good and tangible cases that were presented and not least the simulation, where we actually held a very concrete and real-life board meeting.
Regional Vice President, COWI
The Executive Board Program INSEAD is – without comparison – the best boarding training I’ve attended – and I’ve tried a little differently. Both the course in Kolding and at INSEAD in France were absolutely fantastic. Not least, the topic of how to get a board to play with the company’s CEO was very exciting. But also the teaching of shareholder value, which is about how important it is that you manage to think long-term, was really an eye-opener. Both the general academic level and the level of the teachers have to a great extent impressed. It is not often that one finishes an education where one thinks “here there is nothing to put your finger on”, but that is the conclusion in this case. The exchange between theory, practical cases and films – it all sat “right in the closet”. The knowledge I have gained, I can apply immediately in a couple of the boards I sit in internally in COWI.
Executive Business Consultant, Vestergaard Consulting
I have enjoyed the Executive Board Programme INSEAD very well and am very excited. I advise both management groups and boards in my consulting business, and in that context I needed new inspiration and knowledge within some international framework. Besides getting the formal legal rules in place, I was strengthened in the elements that contribute to effective board work and create the best conditions for making some qualitative decisions. Fortune 500 companies take it seriously when talking about “a diverse workforce” as one of the keys to growth and success in non-developing countries in the future – and by extension INSEAD has the same approach to the composition of future boards. Thus, I was especially inspired by – and strengthened in the areas that covered diversity, group dynamics in the boards, the insight into the hidden traps in decision making and risk minimization, as well as the long-term shareholder value creation in various company forms. In addition, I took quite specific tools home to set the framework for the board work going forward and not least the idea of systematizing and evaluating it.
Programme Director and Professors
Stanislav Shekshnia is Programme Director at the Executive Board Program and Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at INSEAD. Shekshnia has worked as a top manager for 10 years and subsequently as an entrepreneur in France, USA, Russia and Central Europe. Stanislav holds a master’s degree in economics, a Ph.D. from Moscow State University as well as an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. Stanislav Shekshnia is also Director of the Leading from the Chair Program at INSEAD and has published numerous books on management and board work.