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Becoming an Independent Director

U.S. First Edition
February 2024

Becoming an Independent Director


Many successful executives today view serving on a corporate board of a private or public company as a professional goal. This new booklet sheds light on the roles and responsibilities of a board, the skills and qualifications in demand in the boardroom, and the steps involved in joining a U.S. corporate board.

Whether you are a sitting executive interested in expanding your experience or someone who is in (or near) retirement looking to develop a board portfolio, we hope you will find this booklet both practical and inspiring.

Topics include:

  • Why become a corporate director?
  • The roles and responsibilities of board directors
  • Board composition
  • The director search process
  • Crafting an effective resume/CV
  • Determining whether you’re the right fit for a particular board
  • How to increase your chances of being considered

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