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January, 2018

Looking for Independent Board Evaluation?

Contact us to learn about our Board Scan evaluation. A cost-effective means to evaluate your board performance on 22 dimensions, Board Scan allows you to both create "personal best" improvements and consider best practices by boards around the globe.

Congratulations to Nola Masterson for Receiving her Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors!

Join Our Global Director Registry

Become a member of the
Board Bona Fide Registry as a vetted, qualified director candidate, for consideration by our corporate members,
seeking ideal fits for their boards.

If you aspire to serve on a board, contact us to learn about how our Board Bona Fide Registry and Board Access Program can prepare you!



Our annual Manage Your Board Potential Program
at Harvard will be June 4-7, 2018

Join dedicated corporate directors from around the globe who come to explore and learn how best to address the new issues facing us in governance.

Test your skills in the global arena, where governance standards across regions create a powerful question: what can we say good governance means across boundaries?

Learn more about our approach to talent acquisition







2017 Count for IPO’s Globally Hit Highest Record Since 2007
C hina Takes the Lead with US as Second in a Comeback

Concerns about cooling interests in public ownership around the globe may be without merit. Global exchanges attracted the largest number of listings since the financial crisis this year. Almost 1,700 companies floated in 2017, an increase of 44 per cent over 2016 and the most initial public offerings since 2007, according to technology company, Dealogic.

China drove the global IPO count with more than 400 companies that launch IPOs in China on the mainland markets, comprising the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges, according to EY. In Asia, themes included an insurance boom in India while China’s shift from manufacturing to a services-based economy was reflected in the listing market. Given the earlier history of SEC challenges to China-based US-listed companies, it is no surprise China companies are listing closer to home. Studying corporate governance standards on these companies will continue to be important.

The number of IPOs in the US hit 160, as the second in the list. Europe increased 40% in 2017 as well.

The total amount of money the startups raised also increased, up 44 percent year-over-year to $196 billion. US start-up companies raised $49 billion in 2017, amounting to double that brought in during 2016.

In addition to the strong showing seen by the U.S. on the IPO front, the returns from the investments were stellar enough to expect more of the same in 2018. The average return from an IPO in 2017 was 23 percent.

For companies considering IPOs, perhaps 2018 is a good year!


We are proud to be contributing the the newly formed international program organzied by Lead-Women in Malaysia.

The Global Women on Boards Programme 2018 is a 6-month programme providing participants with a global perspective on board governance, leadership and dynamics in boardrooms. The programme will be conducted in 2 modules: the 1st module 6-9th March in Nairobi, Kenya and the 2nd module in Kuala Lumpur 11-14th September.

The purpose of the programme is to:

1. Provide a global outlook and exposure to new markets
2. Open regional or international board opportunities for women
3. Surface the unconscious bias on diversity and merit at board levels
4. Extend the network circles
5. Tap into a global board mentoring platform

The list of international mentors from the UK, USA, Asia and Africa is available online. Dr. Hamlin will serve as a mentor. For programme details please visit www.lead-women.com/globalWOB

Boardwise Adds New Strategic Partner for Talent Solutions Globally

Meet Gem Partners

We are proud to announce Boardwise's new partnership with Gem.Partners.com, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (See: https://www.gem.partners/)

Together, our firms will address a full suite of solutions for excutive and board director talent, including search, training, certification and coaching.

"We are dellighted to have Christine Koestier and her organization as part of our efforts to address client needs to have the best performing executives in their organizations and on their boards. Given our global efforts, we know this partnership helps us address client needs with broad knowledge of key talent across a wide array of industries across the many in which we work.

In the last five years, our Board Bona Fide registry has grown to more than 8000 professionals across the globe. We have trained, qualified, certified and coached people in more than 30 countries. We are eager to make this talent more available across the globe. We want people armed for success available to serve the needs of companies focused on top performance."

Learn more about our philosophy and approach with our brief video clips in this newsletter (left column) and on either of our websites.

Feel free to call us about a specific need at 510-517-7791.

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