When media giant Gannett decided to spin off its publishing arm into a new company, it meant that the Board Chairman and Nominating/Governance Committee would be creating two new boards—and deciding which directors and skill sets would best match each company. TK Kerstetter asks Gannett board member Susan Ness if there were any key objectives or goals set by the board, to which she half-jokingly responds: “to shoot for 50% male!” In the male-dominated world of board governance, it was a bold response.
Ness explains the decision-making process and, as it turns out, the goal was met on one of the new boards. Watch the episode to hear how she continues her push for more board diversity—both for her board and other U.S. boards—as they strive to catch up with much of the rest of the world.
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