The New Age Board: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities

27th August 2015 - 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, Singapore

Several unstoppable external forces are transforming nations, industries, and corporations. For legacy companies, these forces are disruptive, if not destructive. Such was the case for Nokia, Blackberry, Kodak, book retailers like Borders and Barnes & Noble, and newspapers - the CEOs of these companies failed miserably, and their boards did not fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.

Globally, boards are being held accountable through a number of market forces: activist shareholders with aggressive campaigns and large hyper-active institutional investors. They want a peek at the workings of the board and will hold boards accountable for company performance. Boards must assume a leadership role, along with their governance and fiduciary responsibilities.

    Based on his latest book The Attacker's Advantage, this highly interactive session will be facilitated by eminent global thought leader - Ram Charan. Ram will partner with eminent Asian practitioners drawn from TMS Academy's extensive networks to address these topics:
  • Building blocks of high-performing boards
  • Emerging new relationships between boards, large institutional investors and CEOs
  • Phenomenon of structural uncertainty
  • Building the board's perceptual acuity
  • The mathematical corporation
  • Engaging in new strategic options
  • Participating in the transition to the new path

Says ex-Chairman of GE Jack Welch - "Ram has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences".

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Chairmen and board directors of private and listed companies, government organisations, as well as social enterprises.

Ram Charan is highly acclaimed globally as a business advisor, speaker and author who has coached some of the most successful business leaders and boards at companies such as GE, Bank of America, Novartis, 3M, Grupo RBS, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, and Yildiz Holdings.

He has authored 16 books including four on corporate governance, the most recent being Boards That Lead, co-authored with Dennis Carey and Michael Useem. He has facilitated board strategy retreats, conducted board self-evaluations, and advised on board succession planning and dysfunction. He served on the boards of Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, Fischer and Porter, and is currently on the advisory board for Hindalco, India. Ram holds Masters and Doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School.

"Top class speaker with great knowledge and experience with good mix of participants made for engaging and useful discussion."
Gautam Banerjee
Chairman, Blackstone Singapore

"A good illustration of challenges facing boards, especially given the developments in the USA, with the greater role played by activist shareholders. Useful pointers on how boards can transform themselves to be more effective."
Manohar Khiatani
Independent Director, SIA Engineering Company Limited

"I found the session enlightening, thought-provoking and engaging. I walked away with several pages of notes as well as several specific follow-ups. The programme, the examples, the discussions and the logistics – all were superb. Based on discussions with other participants, I am not alone in these views."
Nels Radley Friets
Director, Fullerton Fund Management Company Ltd

"This event, moderated by Ram Charan, was attended by an impressive group of Chairmen, Board Directors and CEOs. The insights and deep knowledge displayed by the moderator and participants were remarkable and highly relevant for me as an independent, non-executive Board Director of companies and organisations based in Europe, Asia and the USA. The event also provided an excellent opportunity to build relations and network with such a distinguished group of international business leaders."
Göran Seifert
Managing Director, Anda Pacific Pte. Ltd.