ADVISORY TEAM

The Advisory Team are all very experienced CMi Mentors. Whilst not a formal legal Board they meet regularly to review progress and guide management on strategic issues such as appointments of Partners and Mentors, best-practice improvements, investments and expansion plans. They are:

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard is Chairman of Kingfisher and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of CapGemini. He was previously the CEO and Chairman of Carrefour and is President of the HEC Foundation, the leading French business School.

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Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts. From 2007 to 2014 he was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director on the Court of the Bank of England. He has been Chairman of Centrica and Cadbury and President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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Sir Philip Hampton

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis is Chairman of Rio Tinto and of SABMiller plc. He stepped down from the board of M&S in March 2015. He has been a Non-Executive Director with Lloyds Banking Group, Chairman of British American Tobacco, CFO and board member of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA.

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Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer is Chairman of Diageo and has been Chairman and CEO of Roche Holding Ltd. He is Independent Director of Citigroup Inc., Chugai Pharmaceuticals, Kite Pharma Inc. and a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz SE. Dr Humer was Chairman of INSEAD until January 2015.

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CMi PARTNERS

The members of our Partner team are all board-level advisors of long standing, who have deep experience of working with the Boards of global corporate clients, in multiple sectors and geographies.

 

Krister Svensson

KRISTER SVENSSON

Chairman and Founder

Krister Svensson began his career with Nestlé and Honeywell. He subsequently founded an executive search firm in Belgium which became the country's largest independent search consultancy before it was acquired by Spencer Stuart in 1994.

At Spencer Stuart, Krister gained further CEO and board recruitment experience. He managed the firm's European Technology Practice and worked mainly with cross-border and global search assignments.

Krister left the search profession in 2000 to develop a mentoring service for executives making board-level career transitions.

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Katja Hall

Katja Hall

Katja was previously Group Head of External Affairs and Sustainability at HSBC where she was responsible for external communications, stakeholder engagement, social responsibility and community investment. She attended the Group Management Board and was a member of the Business Leadership Team at Teach First and a governor at the London Academy of Excellence.

Katja joined HSBC from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), where she was Deputy Director-General and led the CBI’s policy development and advocacy work in the UK and internationally. She has led campaigns on infrastructure, medium-sized businesses, skills and education, improving gender diversity on corporate boards and rebuilding trust in business. She was involved with Business in The Community, on the board of UKTI and on the Government’s Creative Industries Council. Prior to the CBI, Katja worked in HR at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

She has a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from Nottingham University. 

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Marga Hoek

Marga Hoek

Marga Hoek has extensive experience as a CEO and Board Member of several companies, both public and private, initially in the construction sector. She founded the Dutch Sustainable Business Association in 2010 and was its CEO until 2016.

Marga holds several international Advisory and Supervisory Board roles and is currently a Member of the Advisory Council EMEA for Bank of Montreal’s responsible investments.

She is an international authority on sustainable business and related capital allocation, has authored the award-winning book New Economy Business and regularly writes for The Huffington Post, Executive Finance, G7 and other publications.

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Elin Hurvenes

ELIN HURVENES

Norwegian entrepreneur Elin Hurvenes is Founder & Chair of the Professional Boards Forum. She set up the Forum in 2002 following controversial legislation requiring Norwegian public companies to increase the number of women NEDs from 6 to 40%.

She is a speaker at international conferences and corporate events and is frequently consulted by the media as an authority on board diversity.

Elin worked 15 years in consulting before starting her own company. She holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA from Oxford Brookes.

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Bjorn Johansson

Dr. BjØrn Johansson

Bjørn is a Norwegian citizen having spent most of his working life based in Switzerland. He gained management experience in the consumer goods, textile and service industries.

Early 1980, he began his executive search career as Vice President with Spencer Stuart, Zurich. Five years later, he started the Swiss operation of Korn/Ferry with offices in Zurich and Geneva.

In 1993 he founded his own global executive search firm to recruit CEOs and Non-Executive Board Members. He is recognised as one of the world's leading advisors on strategic leadership appointments.

Bjørn obtained his Master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, including two years of post-graduate studies in the USA.

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Sara Parker

SARA PARKER

Sara joined CMi after nine years at the CBI, the UK's premier business lobbying organisation, where she held a number of roles, most latterly as the Chief Membership Director and member of the ExCo. In this role she was responsible for all of the CBI's relationships with member companies through her teams across the UK regions and devolved nations. She also had responsibility for engaging directly with leaders of businesses of all sectors and sizes throughout the UK, growing CBI's membership into new sectors and speaking at major CBI business events.

Sara had occupied a number of roles prior to this at the CBI including: London Director from 2010 - 2013 where she was responsible for CBI's engagement with London based companies as well as lobbying the Mayor on important business issues in London; and Head of CBI's Knowledge Economy policy team responsible for formulating and lobbying on policies related to the digital economy, IP and creative industries.

Sara studied History at Cambridge University and also holds a diploma in Economics from Birkbeck University.

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KEY FACTS ABOUT CMi

  • 49 Chairman Mentors of 13 nationalities, based in nine countries
  • They have served on boards spanning 29 jurisdictions
  • Over their careers our Mentors have held 39 CEO roles and 12 CFO roles
  • They are or have been Chairman on 125 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

OUR MENTEES

  • CMi has provided independent external mentoring for over 50 CEOs, 20 CFOs and 12 Chairmen of large international companies amongst more than 200 engagements to date
  • CMi has performed over 60 CEO succession engagements, often with two or three internal candidates in the same company
  • More than 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
  • Between 80-90 percent of Mentees extend their mentoring into a second and third year
  • Formal exit interviews confirm that Mentees' expectations were invariably met or exceeded

CMi

  • Eleven 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
June 2016