Women with cybersecurity backgrounds earning seats on corporate boards

Bloomberg Business reports a sudden surge in women, with cybersecurity backgrounds, earning seats on corporate boards.  In early 2015, American International Group Inc. added Linda Mills to its board, attracted partly by her expertise in cybersecurity. In February, Wells Fargo & Co. selected Suzanne Vautrinot for its board for similar reasons. Before that, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. picked Janice Babiak. Bloomberg analyzed trends from the last five years, as data theft has risen to the top of corporate concerns, and found that 16 of the largest U.S. companies have appointed one or more directors with cybersecurity credentials, 10 of them…

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DHR International’s Rugby World Cup event – what can business learn from elite sport?

The evening of October 14 saw one of the major events on our calendar: the DHR International Rugby World Cup event in London. Hosted by Alex Bennett, managing partner and global leader of DHR International’s Medtech, Devices & Diagnostics practice, the event featured two of the rugby world’s most decorated professionals as speakers – former Australian captain Michael Lynagh, winner of the World Cup in 1991, and Kyran Bracken, a World Cup winner with England in 2003. Kyran even trusted the audience enough to pass his World Cup winner’s medal around the 150 guests in the room! Apart from being…

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Weak September jobs report

CNNMoney reported that the U.S. economy only added 142,000 jobs in September and the number of jobs created in July and August were revised down. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney predicted there would be 204,000 jobs gained in the month. With the disappointing report, the unemployment rate stayed at 5.1%, its lowest level in seven years. The weak September jobs report could be a sign that slowing global economic growth is beginning to hurt the U.S. job market. At least one large U.S. company — Caterpillar — cited the global slowdown for announcing 10,000 job cuts over the next few years. Uncertainty abroad can…

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How leaders build trust

Throughout my career, I have worked with many organizations that experienced leadership transitions. From our discussions with boards and executive team members, the most important measure of success for new leaders is building trust and credibility with internal and external key stakeholders. While its importance across companies and industries of all types is undisputed, building trust is seemingly easy for some leaders, but proves difficult for others. Why is that? Why do some succeed in this most crucial area, while others fall short? Here are 7 proven ways for leaders to build trust: Get to know the organization and its…

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