The CEO's role with the Board

by Evan Davies, Chief Executive - VIC, QLD & NZ | |   Leadership
The CEO's role with the Board

The Chief Executive Officer communicates on behalf of the company to shareholders, employees, Government authorities, other stakeholders and the public. Critically though, the CEO acts as a direct liaison between the Board and management of the enterprise and communicates to the Board on behalf of management.

The relationship between the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors is crucial, and the state of this relationship has potentially the greatest influence on organisational success.

The primary role of the Board is to govern, to control managerial opportunism and to ensure that CEOs carry out their managerial functions and duties in the best interests of Members. The Board is one of a series of stakeholders, which the CEO must serve effectively. An important function of the Board is to choose the CEO.

Collectively, the Board remains the CEO's employer, and the role of the CEO is one primarily of management and administration. The CEO is responsible, within parameters established by the Board, for determining and overseeing the execution of the Board’s directions and policies to ensure desirable outcomes.

For the relationship between the CEO and the Board to be successful, the CEO has the responsibility to ensure that the Directors are properly informed always and that sufficient information is provided to the Board to enable the Directors to form appropriate judgments.

The CEO needs to ensure the integrity of all public disclosure by the enterprise and in concert with the Chairman, to develop Board agendas. It is in the CEO's capacity to request that special meetings of the Board be called when appropriate.

Together with the Chairman, the CEO will determine the date, time and location of the annual meeting of shareholders and to develop the agenda for this meeting.

They may from time to time be asked to sit on committees of the Board where appropriate as determined by the Board.

For this relationship to work well, it must be one of negotiation, consideration and understanding of the role and perspective of the other. There must also be a recognition that the CEO and the Board play separate and distinguishable roles, but must work together to achieve organisational goals.


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