Cast a Wider Net for Your Next Director

Few factors determine a corporate board’s effectiveness more than its composition, and yet many banks take a slapdash approach to the recruitment of new directors. Even really good banks are guilty of this. When I asked the independent chairman of a bank that regularly scores well on our annual Bank Performance Scorecard, a performance ranking of the 300 largest publicly owned banks in the country, what his board’s process was for recruiting new directors, he said it really didn’t have one. The board had recruited two new directors recently, including one who was added following an acquisition, but the chairman...