When Boardrooms Go Global

As companies expand their global footprint, they need to begin to focus on populating their boardrooms with well-qualified directors from outside their geographic regions. What can a director expect when taking on a board assignment outside of North America? And what does it take to be effective as a "global" board member? To find out, BusinessWeek.com columnist Beverly Behan spoke with Guylaine Saucier, who currently sits on two North American boards—Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) and Petro-Canada (PCA.BE)—as well as two French boards—(Danone (DANO.PA) and Areva (ARVCF.PK) ). Edited excerpts of their conversation follow:What have been some of the most notable differences you have found in serving on a European board compared with a North American one?

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