Succession planning

Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Boards must plan for orderly succession and renewal as well as be prepared for everything from sudden departure to sudden illness or death of a board member or chief executive officer (CEO). Considerable disruption can occur when companies are required to abruptly change their CEO or chair.


Succession planning enables an organisation to refresh its leaders in order to continue meeting the challenges of a constantly changing business environment. While it is usually discussed in terms of CEOs and senior executives, succession planning is equally beneficial for boards. The aim is to have the right person able to fill a vacancy at the right time. The ongoing nature of this planning means that the board has the opportunity to manage its future needs.

Succession planning is closely connected with the processes for selection, appointment and appraisal of directors and executives. 

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