About CMi - Chairman Mentors International

CMi is the only organisation in the world exclusively dedicated to the mentoring of CEOs and Board-level executives of international companies. Our clients are leading global companies who have concluded that mentoring by independent Chairmen is an effective investment in their most precious senior executives in order to:

  • Accelerate performance of newly appointed C-suite executives
  • Develop a stronger succession bench
  • Mitigate risks of strategic appointments

Our unique value proposition provides Mentees with regular sounding board sessions where relationships, situations and leadership behaviours can be debated freely and confidentially with experienced independent Chairmen and former CEOs.

This video is about the importance of CEO succession planning.

Every engagement is bespoke and adapted to the Mentees'

  • Current situation
  • Development areas
  • Personality
  • Anticipated trajectory

CMi has the resources and know-how to add valuable external experience at Board and Executive Committee level at virtually any point of inflection and across sectors, geographical areas and business models.



  • 54 Chairman Mentors of 15 nationalities, based in nine countries
  • They have served on boards spanning 29 jurisdictions
  • Over their careers our Mentors have held 45 CEO roles and 15 CFO roles
  • They are or have been Chairman on 130 Boards
  • Collectively they have held, or are holding, over 550 executive and non-executive roles on listed company Boards
  • They have held hundreds of additional board roles at privately owned companies


  • CMi has provided independent external mentoring for 90 CEOs, 20 CFOs and 12 Chairmen of large international companies amongst more than 250 engagements to date
  • CMi has performed over 60 CEO succession engagements, often with two or three internal candidates in the same company
  • Approximately 90 percent of our Mentees are Executive Committee and/or Board Members, the balance being fast-trackers one level below
  • Our current/past Mentees are based in 19 countries across four Continents
  • 90 percent of Mentees extend their mentoring into a second and third year
  • Formal exit interviews confirm that Mentees' expectations were invariably met or exceeded


  • Fifteen years' experience of mentoring at the top
  • Exclusively dedicated to mentoring as a leadership development tool - a pure play
  • Rigorous methodology and processes, yet bespoke to each development situation
  • More than 60% repeat business
  • Only company in the world providing mentoring at Board and ExCo level internationally, active in nine countries
  • Independently owned - no conflict of interest

Source: Boardex and CMi analysis September 2017