St.Gallen Board Certificate CAS HSG

Learn from decades of real-life boardroom experiences and become a certified board member.
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Programme overview

The St.Gallen Board Certificate CAS HSG offers a comprehensive board education for incumbent and prospective board members. It is aimed at persons who seek to learn about the key features of effective corporate governance and who want to become a certified board member. The Board Certificate has been co-developed by HSG’s academic faculty together with senior chairs and board members from prominent Swiss and European companies.

Today’s board members are expected to think more strategically and act more transformational than ever. At the same time, stakeholders and regulators require boards to fit into a governance context of increasing compliance and accountability. This is almost a paradox. As a result, the need for structured and systematic board training is becoming more important. HSG has formed a coalition of renowned governance scholars and senior board practitioners in order to offer a comprehensive boardroom certification that closely supports participants in their personal boardroom journeys.

The St.Gallen Board Certificate CAS HSG is part of the renowned St.Gallen Board Programmes portfolio that consists of a comprehensive suite of boardroom initiatives, ranging from entry-level programmes to formats for Europe’s most experienced chairs and board members.

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Gabriela Koeb Programme Manager Board Programmes

Programme details

Programme type

CAS / Certificate


Presence and online



Number of ECTS credits



12 days on-campus + virtual transfer sessions


Executive Campus St.Gallen, Holzstrasse 15, 9010 St.Gallen, Switzerland | online


CHF 24'500

Target group

Board, C-Level, Senior Manager

Next date

Start date: 07.03.2025
places available

Programme Directors

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Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann
Co-Director of the St.Gallen Board Certificate
Director of Board Programmes (ES-HSG) & Assistant Professor of International Corporate Governance University of St.Gallen
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Ines Poeschel
Co-Director of the St.Gallen Board Certificate
Board Member at Alcon, Belimo, Dormakaba and several non-listed Swiss companies

Partner at Kellerhals Carrard Zurich

Programme features

Benefit from the most comprehensive university-based boardroom education

Gain deep insight into how to be an effective board member across different contexts, including in companies that are privately-, publicly, family-, private equity-, or state-owned as well as in SMEs, foundations, subsidiaries, professional services firms and startups.

Become a certified board member

Attaining the St.Gallen Board Certificate demonstrates a significant commitment to boardroom excellence. As the expectations towards board members are becoming ever-more demanding, you signal that you are prepared to effectively navigate the challenges of a non-executive director.

Grow your board network

During the St.Gallen Board Certificate you will grow your board network by meeting numerous chairs, board members, and boardroom thought leaders. Together you will refine your personal boardroom roadmap and specify the individual value that you can contribute to the board of directors.

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Programme structure


Certified boardroom skills

Upon completing the St.Gallen Board Certificate, participants will be equipped with the necessary background to fulfil the following critical board tasks:

  • Understand implications of different governance systems.

  • Run effective board committee work (incl. audit, remuneration, nomination).

  • Build a rapport with key stakeholders.

  • Challenge, support and incentivise the CEO and executive team.

  • Manage board composition and diversity.

  • Set up efficient processes to facilitate board activities.

  • Anticipate and evaluate strategic threats and opportunities.

  • Respond to emerging themes (incl. digital transformation, ESG, geopolitics, cyber security, activism etc.).

  • Prepare for and manage crises.

  • Conduct meaningful board evaluation.

  • Engage in effective CEO and board succession planning.

  • Define one’s individual USP as a board member.

  • Chart one’s individual future board career path.

Agenda 2025

  • Onboarding (virtual)

    24 February 2025 (17.00-18.30)

  • Module 1 (on-campus)

    7 – 9 March 2025 (Fri – Sun)

  • Module 2 (on-campus)

    4 – 6 April 2025 (Fri – Sun)

  • Module 3 (on-campus)

    16 – 18 May 2025 (Fri – Sun)

  • Module 4 (on-campus)

    12 – 14 September 2025 (Fri – Sun)

  • Module 5 (on-campus)

    3 -5 October 2025 (Fri – Sun)

  • Graduation Ceremony (on-campus)

    14 November 2025 (Fri)


Ton Buechner

Ton Buechner
Board Member

JC Deslarzes Website 2

JC Deslarzes
Adecco Group

Claudia Dill

Claudia Dill
Board Member
Baloise Group

Sandra Emme Website

Sandra Emme
Board Member

Florian Eugster Website

Prof. Florian Eugster
Professor of Auditing

Simon Evenett

Prof. Simon Evenett
Professor of Intl. Trade and
Economic Development

Sabina Furler Website

Sabina Furler
Expert for Leaders AG

Georg Guttmann

Prof. Georg Guttmann
Assistant Professor of
Intl. Corporate Governance

Naomi Haefner

Prof. Naomi Haefner
Assistant Professor of
Technology Management

Frank Heckner Website

Frank Heckner
Egon Zehnder

Nicole Herzog

Nicole Herzog

Monika Kruesi2 2

Monika Kruesi

T Laamanen

Prof. Tomi Laamanen
Professor of
Strategic Management

Jan Marco Leimeister Website

Prof. Jan Marco Leimeister
Professor of
Information Management

Annelis Website 1

Annelis Luescher
Board Member
Berner Kantonalbank

Miriam Meckel Website

Prof. Miriam Meckel
Professor of
Corporate Communication

Klaus Moeller Website

Prof. Klaus Moeller
Professor of Performance
Management / Controlling

Ines Poeschel

Ines Poeschel
Board Member
Alcon Inc.

Winfried Ruigrok Website

Prof. Winfried Ruigrok
Professor of
International Management

Gudrun Sander Website

Prof. Gudrun Sander
Director Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Amanda Shantz Website

Prof. Amanda Shantz
Professor of Management

Simone Stebler Website

Simone Stebler
Egon Zehnder

Hermann Stern Website

Hermann J. Stern
Obermatt Research

Judith Stroehle Website

Prof. Judith Stroehle
Assistant Professor of
Sustainability Governance

Regula Walimann

Regula Wallimann
Board Member
Straumann Group

Judith Walls Website

Prof. Judith Walls
Professor of
Sustainability Management

Xena Welch Guerra website

Prof. Xena Welch Guerra
Co-Director Competence Centre for M&A

Dorothea Wenzel Website

Dorothea Wenzel
Board Member
Servier Pharmaceuticals

Sven Wildner website