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Who should attend

High Performance Boards (HPB) is for supervisory board members and chairpersons. The program also welcomes family business members.

Program benefits

Gain the skills, tools and framework to boost your board's performance, as well as your own:

  • Identify what makes best practice boards
  • Drive positive board culture
  • Evaluate and mitigate risk and maximize opportunities through strategic board involvement
  • Ensure successful succession plans
  • Learn how to manage a board in crisis


3.5 days with additional pre- and post-program support included


Program Session 2017
October 09-12, 2017
Program Sessions 2018
May 14-17, 2018
October 22-25, 2018

Fee 2017

CHF 11,500

Special team offer:

Boards who wish to send four participants together on the program, have the opportunity to add a fifth participant at no additional cost. We also offer, upon request, an additional customized team session, during which you can explore more in depth the specific challenges you face.

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Our participants

HPB is for supervisory board members and chairpersons. Participants come from diverse international companies and a broad range of industries. The program also welcomes family business members.

Team opportunities

Why not use the program to kick off a new initiative in your board or help address a particular challenge? Increase your board's effectiveness by sending several directors together and take advantage of an additional customized team session to dig deeper into common challenges you face.

Testimonials of past participants

The biggest difference for me between IMD and other schools is that it impacts your whole life. It pushes you to be a better leader. Chris Muntwyler President & CEO | Conlogic AG | Switzerland
Read the full success story of Chris Muntwyler here
HPB is simply the best program that exists on corporate governance, board composition and evaluation. It is essential for every board member to do such a program. Sipho Mseleku

Chairman of the Board | Sakhumnotho Group Holdings | South Africa

High Performance Boards addresses the all-important question of a board's sense of purpose by exploring in detail the chairman/CEO and the board/executive committee relationships. Key takeaways for me include how to optimize the composition of a board and how to engage with non-governmental organizations. Michel Demaré

Chairman | Syngenta | Switzerland

The Faculty is very inspiring and energetic. Case study discussions with participants from very diverse backgrounds provide you with enriching perspectives on how to view problems and resolve issues. Jane Shao

Governor | CFA Institute | China

High Performance Boards was both thoroughly enjoyable and an invaluable learning experience. I especially appreciated the quality of the participants and their candid insights. I look forward now to sharing and applying what I learnt with my board members and key executives. Harshbeena Zaveri

Managing Director and President | NRB Bearings Ltd. | India

High Performance Boards was a great opportunity to step back and reflect on board responsibility. I left the program with a wealth of ideas on how to do things differently, and intend to take immediate action. Ulrich Lehner

Chairman | Deutsche Telekom | Germany

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High Performance Boards examines issues related to supervisory board performance and effectiveness, giving you the skills, tools and framework to boost your board's performance - as well as your own. Inspired by the latest research and the world's best boards, and with more than 35 years of board education experience, High Performance Boards examines issues related to supervisory board performance and effectiveness. Together with peer board members and prominent chairpersons from around the world, you explore successes and failures, go deep inside best practices, and identify the strategies, structures and processes that make boards the driving force behind their company's success. The program also provides numerous networking opportunities.

High Performance Boards will help you to:

  • Identify what makes best practice boards
  • Drive positive board culture
  • Evaluate and mitigate risk and maximize opportunities through strategic board involvement
  • Ensure successful succession plans
  • Learn how to manage a board in crisis

Program topics include:

  • The four pillars of effective boards
  • Best practices and behaviors from top boards
  • Best risk practices for boards
  • Boards and strategy
  • Board dynamics and board/CEO dynamics
  • Making board processes meaningful
  • Refining the role of the chairman
  • Boards in crisis
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Drawing heavily on experiential and discussion-based learning, High Performance Boards is high-paced and extremely enriching with plenty of time for networking. Prior to the program, you have the opportunity to discuss your personal needs and expectations with the Program Director and list the challenges your board is facing. During the program, you explore concepts, frameworks and approaches for building a high-performance board and develop an action plan to address your challenges. IMD Faculty and high-level directors and chairpersons provide world-class research and case studies, and you share best practices, experiences and insights with other participants.
After the program, a program synthesis (prepared jointly with the IMD Global Board Center) is available upon request, for sharing program learnings with your board.

The learning you need

We provide you with the knowledge and tools you need by tailoring discussions and learning objectives within each program session according to participant interests and requirements.

Gain board certification for corporate governance best practices:

All participants receive the IMD High Performance Boards program certificate upon completion of the program.

Our Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

HPB Program Director

Didier Cossin

Swiss and French
Professor of Finance and Governance
PhD in Business Economics Harvard University

HPB Faculty

Joachim Schwass

Family Business and Entrepreneurship
PhD University of Fribourg

Paul Strebel

Swiss, South African
Governance, Strategy and Change
PhD Princeton University

Francisco Szekely

Mexican and Hungarian
Sandoz Family Foundation Professor of Global Leadership and Sustainability
PhD Washington University

Michael Yaziji

Ph.D. University of California

HPB Guest Lecturers (current and past)

John Cryan
CEO, Deutsche Bank AG
Advisory Senior Director, Temasek
International (Europe) Ltd

Michel Demaré
Chairman, Syngenta SA
Vice Chairman, UBS SA

Ann Fudge
Board Member Novartis AG
General Electric CO

Werner Geissler
Vice Chairman of the Executive
Advisory Senior Director, Temasek
International (Europe) Ltd

Sir Christopher Hogg
Former Chairman
UK Financial Reporting Council

Eric Knight
Founder and CEO
Knight Vinke Asset Management

Hans Ulrich Maerki
Board Member, ABB Ltd, Swiss Re

Estelle Metayer
Board Member, Ubisoft, BRP

Diane de Saint Victor
Board Member, Barclays Bank PLC

Bo Risberg
CEO, Hilti AG

Jean-Pierre Roth
Board Member, Nestlé SA

Rolf Soiron
Chairman, Lonza Group Ltd

Dr Jürg Witmer
Chairman, Givaudan SA

Peter Wuffli
Chairman, Partners Group Holding AG

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The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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