CMi Forum

A unique ideas exchange for business leaders

As part of the value it offers clients and to complement the mentoring programme, CMi provides the opportunity to engage over dinner with some of the leading business thinkers of the day (often CMi Mentors) on topical and relevant issues, across a number of European capitals.

Leiv Askvig, CEO, Sundt AS

"The dinner was truly very inspiring, in a perfect setting and a small enough group to carry one common discussion around the table. In particular our hosts but also everyone around the table, gave us all a flavour of the one very important part of a global CEOʼs life which is not that commonly discussed. I think this applies not only to the big multinationals, but on a smaller scale also to regional and national companies one way or the other. The take away from this meeting was really good."

The Forum offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on issues affecting top business leaders with an international peer group. The discussions are limited to a small, intimate group to ensure a private and in-depth discussion.

The current programme features the following themes:

Leadership in a time of change ‒ opportunities for Nordic and British business post-Brexit

Brexit is undoubtedly one of the biggest issues facing European businesses in the years ahead and brings with it both opportunities and challenges.

Our guests will be Chairmen and CEOs of major international Nordic companies

The role of business leaders for society, the role of society for business leaders

More than ever before boards have to consider society's impact on business and vice versa. Expectations of business have increased and there has been a significant rise in global risk factors. In 2015, both the Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals were agreed and have since steered sustainable endeavours across the world.

Our guests will be Board and ExCo members of European companies

How are senior management and the board affected when a crisis hits a company?

A number of recent high-profile events have demonstrated the need for companies and boards to pay closer attention on how to handle a crisis. The rise of social media and the fact that a company’s reputation can be permanently damaged by a single event, has led to a growing realisation that potential crises need to be identified early and managed proactively.

Our guests will be Board and ExCo members

Activist investors and hostile takeover situations

What happens when your company receives an unwelcome bid for all or parts of the business? Or when a so-called activist investor becomes a sufficiently large shareholder to claim a seat on the board?

Our guests will be Chairmen and CEOs

CEO succession

Diligent CEO succession planning and execution is a critical role for the board and especially the Chairman. Yet many companies find it a challenging and sensitive subject and do not create a strong enough succession pipeline in time for a scheduled transition.

Our guests will be Chairmen, Nomination Committee members and long-tenured CEOs

CEO succession/transition from CEO to Chairman

CEO succession planning and execution is a critical part of the board's and especially the Chairman's role. In some cases, CEO succession takes place at the same time as Chairman succession, sometimes with the transition of the incumbent CEO becoming Chairman. Success at the top therefore brings about opportunities, risks and a lot of challenges.

Our guests will be Chairmen, Nomination Committee members and long-tenured CEOs

Internal vs external solutions: CEO succession in times of uncertainties

Selecting and supporting the Chief Executive Officer is the most important task for the Chairman and the board of directors.

Our guests will be Chairmen of international corporations

Digital Transformation and Implications on Leadership

Digital transformation is challenging and stretching corporate leadership at an unprecedented pace.

Our guests will be CEOs, chairmen and executive leaders

MAY
22

Leadership in a time of change – opportunities for Nordic and British business post-Brexit
Location: Stockholm
Sir Peter Bonfield
Douglas Flint

MAY
30

The role of society for business leaders
Location: Amsterdam
Thomas Thune Andersen
Gérard Mestrallet

JUNE
14

How are senior management and the board affected when a crisis hits a company?
Location: London
Donald Brydon
Philippe Varin

OCT
11

Activist investors and hostile takeover situations
Location: London
Christer Gardell
Jan du Plessis

NOV
01

CEO succession
Location: London (breakfast)
Sir Roger Carr
Hans Wijers

NOV
22

CEO succession/transition from CEO to Chairman
Location: Brussels
Paul Bulcke
Ronnie Leten

NOV
27

Internal vs external solutions: CEO succession in times of uncertainties
Location: Zurich
Sir Peter Bonfield
Dr Franz Humer

FEB 2019
6

Digital Transformation and Implications on Leadership
Location: Copenhagen
Birger Magnus
Jim Hagemann Snabe

Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO, Stora Enso Oyj

"As a CEO you are many times very alone and having an experienced mentor that you trust and respect is invaluable. For me it has been very important to share and discuss strategic choices with my mentor in the early stages before involving the rest of the organisation. This have helped me to ensure that once I start involving the rest of the organisation many question marks have already been sorted out and discussed. A huge help to improve my decisions."