Finding the Right Executive for Your Organization: Tips for Board Members


by Kenneth R. Cohen, PhD

Published in BoardRoom Press, a journal of The Governance Institute, August 2000


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One of the board’s key responsibilities is hiring the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, yet matching the right person to the job is sometimes more difficult than it appears.

According to Ed Mullen, Managing Director, North American Healthcare Practice, Korn Ferry International, boards know that being a healthcare organization CEO is one of the toughest jobs around and are becoming more savvy about who will be successful in that position and who won’t.

“Boards understand they need a CEO with good interpersonal skills, someone with drive, energy, and resilience, a good communicator who can motivate and persuade others,” he said.  “Boards are looking for…

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