Your Path to a Board Seat

Engage with incumbent chairpersons and board members as well as academics, peers and search consultants on boardroom best practices.
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Programme overview

Learn what it takes to become a successful board member:
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.

Next step

Are you interested in this programme? You have the opportunity to visit an info event to find out if this executive education fits you and your career planning:

Contact person

Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

Georg Guttmann 4

Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann Director of Board Programmes

Programme details

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17.00-19.30 (CEST), 3 & 4 October 2024




CHF 495

Target group

Board, C-Level, Functional Manager, Owner/Entrepreneur, Senior Manager

Next date

Start date: 03.10.2024
places available

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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Georg Guttmann Website

Prof. Georg Guttmann
Assistant Professor of Intl.
Corporate Governance

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Dr. Monika Kruesi

Simone Stebler Website
Simone Stebler
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Nicole Herzog
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Prof. Thomas Zellweger

Professor of Family Business
and Entrepreneurship

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Ines Poeschel
Board Member,
Alcon Inc.

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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.


Prepare to become a successful director as you learn about best practices in the boardroom and key attributes of effective board members.

17.00 Introduction

17.10 Fundamentals of Effective Boards, Georg Guttmann

17.45 What Chairs Expect from Future Board Members, Monika Kruesi

18.15 What Search Consultants Expect from Future Board Members, Simone Stebler

19.00 Moderated Q&A Session

17.00 Introduction

17.10 What Start-up Founders Expect from Future Board Members, Nicole Herzog

17.55 Best Practice in Family Governance, Thomas Zellweger

18.25 The Legal Framework of Board Work and ESG, Ines Poeschel

19.00 Moderated Q&A Session


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«There are many myths and false conceptions about the responsibilities and liabilities of board members. Understanding the legal context is key to taking up a boardroom journey.»

Ines Poeschel
Board Member
Alcon Inc.

Nicole Herzog

«Joining the board of directors in a startup company is not for the faint-hearted. You have to understand what is unique about startup boards to know if and how you can make a contribution as a board member.»

Nicole Herzog
VIU Eyewear

JC Deslarzes

«Being able to define your individual value proposition as a prospective board member is key to securing board mandates and launching a successful career as non-executive director.»

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes
Adecco Group AG

Are you interested?

We look forward to your registration for the programme “Your Path to a Board Seat”.


Virtual Info Session St.Gallen Board Programmes // 24 July 2024

Wednesday, 24.07.2024
18:00 - 19:00
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Virtual Info Session St.Gallen Board Programmes // 22 August 2024

Thursday, 22.08.2024
12:30 - 13:30
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Virtual Info Session St.Gallen Board Programmes // 12 September 2024

Thursday, 12.09.2024
18:00 - 19:00
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Do you require further information?

I am gladly available for you and look forward to hearing from you.

Georg Guttmann 4

Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann Director of Board Programmes

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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