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Atlanta Board Index 2016

Our fourth annual Atlanta Board Index tracks emerging trends in board composition, board practices and director compensation among the boards of 46 publicly listed Atlanta-area companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.

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Among the findings:

  • Tenure on Atlanta boards averages 8.8 years, a half year longer than the average director tenure for the S&P 500.
  • Atlanta-area boards are much less likely than their S&P 500 counterparts to have a mandatory retirement age, 48% versus 73%.
  • The average age of outside directors for Atlanta boards ticked upward in 2016, rising to 63.9 years from 63.5 years in 2015.
  • Women represent 17% of Atlanta board directors — the highest percentage since the first Atlanta Board Index in 2013 — but remain underrepresented compared with the S&P 500; 21% of S&P 500 directors are female.
  • With 9.9 directors on average, Atlanta boards are smaller than the S&P 500 average of 10.8.
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