Corporate Governance: One-tier versus Two-tier Boards

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Corporate Governance: One-tier versus Two-tier Boards
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
Somebody asked me the other day for the differences between the two main corporate governance systems (1-tier and 2-tier boards) existing today as well as the way they're heading. I couldn't find a reasonably concise overview anywhere, so I created the summary below.
Please note that the precise characteristics of any of these governance models depend on the jurisdiction of the company concerned, and the implementation in the company concerned. Also corporate governance systems are changing constantly to reflect changes in the way society sees corporations.


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One-tier versus Two-tier Boards
Jan Riven, Consultant, Canada, Member
This is a great compilation of the key characteristics of the two board structures. Can you clarify whether the CEO in a two-tier structure would b...Sign up

One-tier versus Two-tier Boards
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
Thanks Jan for your good question about the role of the CEO in the supervisory board in the 2-tier model.
Indeed I wrote in modern forms he CAN b...Sign up

CEO Duality in One-tier Boards
E Benshetler, Project Manager, United States, Member
Excellent summary! Two-tier boards seem to be prevalent in Europe and one-tier boards in the U.S.

At least in large U.S. firms, the CEO an...Sign up

One Tier versus Two Tier Boards - Functions
Volker Potthoff, Director, Germany, Member
I would like to add that there is an important difference in the roles of One Tier boards and Two Tier boards: in the Two Tier board the Supervisory B...Sign up


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