2014 BlueSteps Board Director Career Report

Published: 13/06/2014

Tuesday, June 10 2014

Boards Hone in on Sector-Specific Candidates

AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) has just released its 2014 BlueSteps Board Director Career Report, which was produced in collaboration with GBRW (Global Board Ready Women).

The report findings highlight numerous changes in the business environment that have not only impacted the board of directors, but have also made it more difficult for search committees to build a board with the right skills.

Now, more than ever, board directors are concerned with the impact of external economic factors and regulatory compliance on their organization, as those factors ranked second and third respectively behind shareholder interests as board directors’ top business concerns. 

Peter Felix, AESC & BlueSteps President, commented: “Boards can no longer rely on the old boys network or ‘friends of the chair’ to fill what have become critically important positions. As the role of the board director comes under increasing scrutiny and the prudential burdens upon directors grow, it is incumbent upon chairs of boards and chairs of the nominating committees to be fully knowledgeable about the competencies, behaviors and motivations of their board members. The board must reflect the challenges of the environment and the skills required to address them.” 

Following the study, BlueSteps will offer a webinar for both current and aspiring board directors on June 18, 2014 entitled Top Tips for Gaining Your Board Seat. This webinar will provide a chance for executives to hear from a panel of senior executive search consultants from top executive search firms who specialize in board searches. To learn more, please visit