Board Recruitment & CEO Succession Planning Services
Board leadership decides the overall strategy and trajectory of your business. Weak leadership in these important positions leads to inefficient management, poor recruitment, and at worse, business failure. For lasting business success, you need to recruit and develop strong board leadership within your company. Companies often struggle with succession planning for their leadership board, though. Board members are too busy handling business needs to search for promising candidates to fill open positions. This is where Cowen Partners board recruitment and succession planning services come into play.
Cowen Partners has extensive experience helping businesses build strong board leadership. From board recruitment and CEO succession planning to identifying director effectiveness, we can help you with any of your executive board search needs. When working with clients, we create a customized experience to find the best board candidates based on a company’s needs. We carefully identify skill sets and backgrounds that would benefit your team as well as determine which candidates align with company values and goals. Our accomplished team also has experience with a wide variety of industries from consumer goods and financial services to healthcare and many others.
No matter what industry you work in, it’s imperative to have a seamless transition when one board member leaves and a new one comes in. A vacant board seat only results in business setbacks and makes it more difficult for the incoming board member to adjust to the role. Stay on top of the recruitment process by hiring an experienced national search firm to fulfill your board recruitment needs. Below are some of the services we offer as well as an explanation of how each one of these services will benefit your company now and in the future.
When built effectively and run efficiently, corporate boards are a strategic asset and a source of continuous competitive advantage. A board with a portfolio of competencies and intellectual capital aligned with your organization’s toughest strategic and operational challenges will deliver the edge to drive continuous shareholder return.
At Cowen Partners, we know how to locate the candidates who will further your business goals and strengthen your board portfolio even more.
With pressure on boards relentless and growing from shareholders, regulators, and the media — expectations are high. Proven top leadership is a powerful strategic asset, and there is no room for error in the selection of directors.
- Analysis of required board competencies
- Identify non-conflicting director candidates
- Establish an appropriate timeline for the search
We work closely with boards to understand strategy, culture, composition, and the skills needed and then partner with our colleagues with deep industry expertise – including diversity, technology, and finance to identify the right candidate.
CEO Succession Planning
Few events carry greater risk to shareholder value than a change of leadership. Boards that excel at CEO succession are prepared to meet future challenges without disruption. Cowen Partner’s approach includes:
- Analysis of required C-Suite competencies
- Development of executive profiles to ensure gaps are filled and competencies are retained
- Establish an appropriate timeline for leadership refreshment
Boards that are recognized as being highly effective in their structure and makeup, oversight process, and culture and value have become the standard to which every board aspires. Cowen Partners’ Board Effectiveness Consulting practice uses a forward-looking process that is focused on the assessment and potential improvement of the board to meet that standard. Cowen Partners focuses on the following elements to accelerate the effectiveness of boards:
- Strategic Alignment
- Composition and Structure
- Team Dynamics
- Director Effectiveness