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Corporate Governance and Chairmanship A Personal View$
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Adrian Cadbury

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252008

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252008.001.0001

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Taking the Chair

Taking the Chair

(p.79) 6 Taking the Chair
Corporate Governance and Chairmanship A Personal View

Adrian Cadbury

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role and importance of chairmen. The primary task of chairmen is to chair their boards. This is what they have been appointed to do and, however the duties at the top of a company may be divided, chairing the board is their responsibility alone. Chairmen are put in charge of boards by their colleagues to ensure that board meetings will run efficiently and that their time will not be wasted. It is also their responsibility to encourage board members to give their individual best in a cooperative cause. As long as chairmen use their authority impartially, with a view to expediting the business of the board, they will have the full support of their colleagues.

Keywords:   chairmen, boards, board meetings, board members

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