To Compete, Boards Have to Go Global

Egon Zehnder's George Davis points out how crucial it is to turn your board of directors internationaland how few companies have done so

The largest 500 companies in the U.S. have to work harder to globalize their boards of directors if they want to penetrate emerging markets where double-digit economic growth is still occurring, says George L. Davis Jr., co-chair of the U.S. board consulting practice at executive search firm Egon Zehnder. Davis, who is based in Boston, says the largest 100 of those companies have made some progress, but the next tier is lagging badly behind. Here are edited excerpts from an interview:

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