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Boyden’s Leadership Series Features Institute of Directors’ Roger Barker 2014-08-19 11:39:01

Boyden’s Leadership Series Features Institute of Directors’ Roger Barker

Dan Margolis, for Boyden
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Christian May, IoD
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Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released a new issue of its Leadership Series, featuring an in-depth interview with Dr Roger Barker, Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors (IoD). This edition also includes a sidebar discussion with Sabine Brunthaler, a Partner of Boyden Switzerland, on the recruitment of board directors.

In the interview, Dr Barker discusses changing company cultures, education of non-executive directors, the danger of delegating risk management, progress in increasing the number of women on boards, and best approaches to talent acquisition.

“Roger provides outstanding insight on the direction of corporate governance and regulation,” said Trina Gordon, President & CEO of Boyden World Corporation. “He offers details on the board setting the tone for the right corporate culture and the importance of shared values across the organisation.”

“Today, the track record of board members will most often forecast the quality of a company’s overall governance and management,” added Ms Brunthaler. “In Roger’s interview, and in our practice at Boyden, we’re finding that companies are much better suited with board placement by ensuring balanced skill sets and diverse experiences instead of selecting only well-known CEOs.”

At IoD, Dr Barker’s oversight includes corporate governance, board effectiveness, risk management, company law and corporate responsibility. He also has overall responsibility for the organisation’s Learning and Development activities, Chartered Director and International Partnerships.

Apart from his role at IoD, Dr Barker is Senior Advisor to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors’ Association (ecoDa) and Chairman of the ecoDa Education Committee. He sits on advisory boards at a number of other organisations, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is a visiting lecturer at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, ESSEC Business School in Paris, University College London, and the UK Ministry of Defence.

He is the author of Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties: Explaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe, published by Oxford University Press, and co-author (with Dr Neville Bain) of IoD’s main guide to the role of the board, “The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success.”

The full interview with Dr Barker and the sidebar with Boyden’s Ms Brunthaler are available at

Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews with Chris Clark, Group Executive, Asia-Pacific at Visa; Noor Menai, President & CEO of CTBC Bank USA; Frank Holder, Chairman of FTI Consulting in Latin America; Paolo Cornetta, Senior Vice President and Group Head of HR of UniCredit SpA; Sandy Gould, Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Development of Yahoo; António Mexia, CEO of EDP-Energias de Portugal; Harald Norvik, a Director of ConocoPhillips and former CEO of Statoil; Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.; Luís Mira Amaral, CEO of Banco BIC Português; Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO of Shutterfly Inc.; Jaime Rivera, CEO of Bladex; Svein Rennemo, Chairman of Statoil; Ümran Beba, Region President for Asia Pacific for PepsiCo; David Gergen, Director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and a former presidential advisor; and Robert Reich, currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former US Secretary of Labor. All are available on Boyden’s website.

About the Series

The Boyden Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership, management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with heads of corporations and other key organisations across the globe to further growth and the exchange of ideas.

About Boyden World Corporation

Boyden is a global leader in executive search and talent advisory services with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries. Founded in 1946, Boyden specialises in high level executive search, interim management and human capital consulting across a broad spectrum of markets and sectors. For further information, visit the firm’s website at

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