In the current environment, boards will want to frame their agendas to help ensure their companies are prepared for a potential economic downturn—possibly a severe one. Dennis Whalen, leader of the KPMG Board Leadership, offers key areas of focus for boards to consider.
Insights and highlights from the 2019 KPMG Board Leadership Conference, including the economic and geopolitical outlook; the CEO perspective; board engagement in strategy; technology, digital disruption,
data risk, and privacy; long-term performance; shareholder versus stakeholder primacy; talent, diversity, culture, the workforce of the future; and hot topics for board committees.
The top geopolitical risks for 2019, according to Eurasia Group, include the sowing of “bad seeds” for the future, the ongoing trade showdown between China and the United States, an increasingly challenging cyber battle, European populism, and several country-specific developments.
From strategic growth opportunities and supply chain risks, to managing an extended global organization and ensuring regulatory compliance in far corners of the world, the challenges of globalization increasingly call for international perspective on the board.