A Team Approach to CEO Search

A Team Approach to CEO Search

governance By: Linda J. Shinn, FASAE, CAE and Barb Nash

When a chief staff executive moves on, the board needs to be ready to recruit top talent. The search and selection process works best when the board, search committee, and search consultant understand their distinct roles and work together with the organization's long-term success in mind.

One of the most important responsibilities of an association's board of directors is hiring the organization's chief staff executive. While executive talent assessment and acquisition should be addressed in a succession plan, the board needs to understand its role in executive search and the roles of other key players, such as the search committee and the search consultant. A collaborative process, with each group carrying out its specific responsibilities, will yield the best result for the organization....