PwC’s 2016 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

Episode Summary

Each year, PwC conducts the Annual Corporate Directors Survey, one of the most-respected surveys on boardroom trends and director opinions. In 2016, more than 850 sitting board members responded to the annual survey on topics ranging from shareholder engagement to board diversity.

In this episode, we invite back Paul DeNicola, Managing Director with PwC’s Governance Insights Center, to discuss the survey’s most salient insights. Among them:

    Shareholder Empowerment

    Today’s shareholders have an unprecedented say on how companies are governed. The Annual Corporate Directors Survey examines how this new environment is affecting the roles and responsibilities of today’s board members. Are corporate directors seeing the value in shareholder engagement? What’s been the impact of shareholder activism? Directors also voice their opinion on the short-term focus of today’s activist environment.

    Ineffective Directors

    Each year, about one-third of the board members surveyed report that a fellow director should be replaced. What are the reasons cited for poor peer performance? What practical implications can we draw for today’s board governance environment?

    Board Composition & Diversity

    Beyond our discussions, the PwC survey dives into director perceptions on board diversity. In the opinion of current directors, what is the value of a diverse board? What are ideal targets for diversity?

For more insights from the Annual Corporate Directors Survey, download the report here. Stay tuned as we dig into these survey insights on our blog in the weeks ahead.

The filming of this episode of Inside America’s Boardrooms was made possible by our Knowledge Partners.

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