Our People

CMi personnel 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.

CMi personnel 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.

CMi Partners

Take a look at the highly experienced CMi Team who will help to ensure that every engagement will run smoothly to the highest possible professional standards.

Elin Hurvenes

Elin Hurvenes
Senior Partner

Norwegian entrepreneur Elin Hurvenes is Founder and CEO of the Professional Boards Forum which she set up in 2002 following the controversial 40% gender quota for Norwegian listed companies. 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 and has been a partner with CMi since 2012.

Sara Parker

Sara Parker

Sara Parker specialises in excellence in business leadership, behaviours and information. She is a Partner at CMi in London and a consultant at Board Intelligence, the leading specialist in enabling better decision-making in the Boardroom.

Prior to this Sara spent 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 throughout 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 business events.

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

Bjørn Johansson

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 in Austria, Germany and the UK.

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, before he was appointed Managing Director, International Board Services.

In 1993 he founded his own global Board Advisory Firm. 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.

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.

CMi Founder Krister Svensson, 1947-2019

CMi Founder

Krister Svensson, 1947-2019

Over his many years in executive search, Krister saw first-hand the challenges faced by senior management when they stepped up to the biggest roles in the business world. This experience inspired him to create CMi – the world's leading organisation dedicated to mentoring top executives.

In 2002, Krister left executive search to form a small group of international Chairmen offering mentoring services to new - and aspiring - CEOs. This unique concept quickly became established and CMi grew steadily year on year, with more Mentors and more clients, covering more countries.

17 years later, CMi is a truly global business with 62 international Mentors serving on Boards in over 33 countries, with more than 300 clients from every corner of the globe.

Krister was an extraordinary individual who created an exceptional and unique concept. He has left a lasting legacy that continues to flourish.

Our 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.

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard is Vice-Chairman of CapGemini, former CEO and Chairman of Carrefour and former Chairman of Kingfisher. He was previously the CEO and Chairman of Carrefour and is President of the HEC Foundation, the leading French business School.

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).

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis is the Chairman of BT Group plc. He was previously Chairman of Rio Tinto, SABMiller plc, RHM plc and has been a Non-Executive Director with M&S and Lloyds Banking Group, Chairman of British American Tobacco, CFO and board member of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA.

Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer is a former 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.


Chairmen Mentors





The importance of CEO succession planning

Interview with Sir Roger Carr, Chairman of BAE Systems plc on the importance of succession planning

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