Programme overview

What does it take to become a successful board member? How are the roles and responsibilities of boards changing and what behaviours, attitudes and mindsets are expected from future directors? In this programme we will spotlight best practices in board governance and debunk common myths around the board of directors.

You will learn about the grand challenges and dilemmas facing chairpersons and board members today and hear how they deal with issues such as boardroom cohesion and diversity, ESG, succession planning, strategic involvement as well as regulatory and individual liability concerns. In addition, you will be able to exchange with chairpersons, board members and peers on what you can do in your current career stage in order to get shortlisted early for future board mandates.


Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

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Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann Head of C-Level and Board Programmes

Target Audience

The programme is tailor-made for experienced individuals who wish to prepare for their first board mandate or seek to expand their knowledge on boardroom best practices. Typical participants include:

  • Professionals who are interested in serving on a corporate, startup or nonprofit board.
  • Managers and executives who are interested in understanding boardroom dynamics.
  • Representatives of foundations, nonprofits or professional services firms.
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Faculty: Lecturers & Speakers

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Georg Guttmann

Assistant Professor of Corporate Governance,
University of St.Gallen

Fundamentals of Effective Boards

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Ines Poeschel

Board Member,
Alcon Inc.

The Legal Framework of
Board Work and ESG

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Thomas Zellweger

Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship,
University of St.Gallen

Governance of SMEs and Family Firms: Challenges and Best Practices

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Nicole Herzog


What Start-up Founders Expect from Future Board Members

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Jean-Christophe Deslarzes

Adecco Group AG

What Chairs Expect
from Future Board Members

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Simone Stebler

Egon Zehnder

What Search Consultants Expect from Future Board Members

What you will learn from this programme

  • Understand boardroom essentials
    Obtain the latest insights from academic thought leaders and experienced board members on what constitutes best practices in the boardroom.
  • Grow your board networks
    Get to know senior board decision makers and build relationships with like-minded peers who share your interest in boardroom excellence.
  • Define the path towards your board seat
    Benefit from board practitioners who will share their strategies and personal experiences on how to successfully secure a board seat.
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Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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