St.gallen Board Academy

Executive School of Management, Technology and Law

Executive School of Management, Technology and Law


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Who should attend

The St.Gallen Board Academy is aimed at the following participants who wish to prepare themselves for taking up a non-executive mandate at a large company:

  • CEO or CXO from a company with revenues above EUR 2 billion.
  • Partner of a leading professional services firm.
  • Successful entrepreneur or accomplished subject matter expert.

All participants will be assessed prior to the programme in order to ensure that relevant peers will meet at the Board Academy. All industries, geographies, and functional backgrounds are welcome.

About the course

The St.Gallen Board Academy is a joint initiative by the University of St.Gallen and Egon Zehnder. It has been designed to support participants in preparing for their first non-executive mandate at a large company by bringing them together with incumbent non-executive board members from prominent European companies.

At the St.Gallen Board Academy, chairs and senior board members of Europe's largest companies will share their experiences, perspectives and best practices with the next generation of Europe's leading board members. The aim of the programme is to learn from each other and to equip prospective board members with insights and conclusions from decades of real-life boardroom experiences held by the Academy's Board Faculty.

Programme Benefits

Engage with peers from Europe’s most important boardrooms: At the St.Gallen Board Academy you will engage with distinguished Board Faculty consisting of experienced chairs and board members from some of Europe's largest companies. In addition, you will meet a carefully selected group of participants who will be your future peers at Europe's leading boardrooms.

Learn from personal experiences and evidence-based insights: Learn from the experiences of our Board Faculty who will share how they have navigated their role as non-executive board member. In addition, you will benefit from the governance expertise of leading academics from University of St.Gallen and the hands-on boardroom insights of senior search and board consultants from Egon Zehnder.

Prepare your first non-executive mandate: Prepare your transition into your first non-executive mandate by understanding how the market for board members works and by internalizing the attitude and mindset as well as the dos and don’ts of being an effective board member.


Today's board members are expected to think more strategic and transformational than ever while having to fit into a governance context of increasing compliance and accountability. Developing into an effective board member requires to rethink one's role in the organisation which means to embrace a new and often unfamiliar mindset: How to formulate the right questions rather than to make all the decisions? How to let go of your executive persona and transition into a non-executive mindset? How to know when to switch from supportive to interventionist mode in the boardroom?


Michèle Sutter-Ruedisser

Prof. Dr. Michèle F. Sutter-Rüdisser is an adjunct professor of Organizational Control and Corporate Governance at the School of Management at the University of St. Gallen as well as vice director at the Institute for Accounting, Controlling and Auditing (ACA-HSG). She is also a long-term visitin...

Pauline van der Meer Mohr

Pauline van der Meer Mohr joined the Viatris board of directors after two years of service on the Mylan board, where she most recently was a member of the Compensation and Risk Oversight Committees. She also serves on the board of directors of HSBC Holdings, where she chairs the Group Remuneratio...

Jill Ader

Jill Ader is the Chairwoman of Egon Zehnder, where she has held several global leadership roles over the past decade. She set up the Firm’s CEO Practice and led its London office and Global Consumer Practice. More recently, Jill founded our global Executive Breakthrough Program and the Discovery ...

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Adecco Group since April 2015 and Chairman of the Board since April 2020. Mr. Deslarzes has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABB India Limited since February 2018. Mr. Deslarzes began his career in 1991 a...

Christoph Franz

Dr. Christoph Franz, C.D., served as the Chairman of Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft (alternate name Deutsche Lufthansa AG) since January 1, 2011 until April 30, 2014 and served as a Member of its Executive Board since January 1, 2009 until Apr...

Ines Pöschel

Member of the Board of Directors & Chair of Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Implenia Ines Pöschel has been a Member of the Board of Directors at Implenia since March 2016. She is also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She is further a member of the Board of Directors...

Hauke Stars

After graduating in computer science and engineering in Germany with a degree in applied computer science from Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg and Great Britain with an MSc by research in Engineering from University of Warwick, Coventry Ms. Stars started her professional career in 1992 ...

Peter Voser

Mr. Voser, joined Shell in 1982 and held a variety of finance and business roles including chief financial officer of Oil Products. In 2002, he joined the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Group of Companies as chief financial officer and a member of the ABB Group executive committee. Mr. Voser returned t...

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