High Performance Boards Program

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The High Performance Boards Program (HPB) is the Board Program at IMD. It is for supervisory board members and chairpersons and also welcomes family business members.
The duration of this top management program is 3 days over 4 days with three different networking dinners organized.

The program will help you

  • 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 themes 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

As partcipants come from diverse international companies and a broad range of industries, we have parallel sessions fully devoted to some specific issues (Family Business, Managing Stakeholders NGO, Board Dynamics and Psychology, Social Issues & Stakeholders in the Middle East & Africa, Governance Regulation Going Forward) or some geographical areas (Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia...etc).

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.


Find more information:
Visit HPB website

High Performane Boards program focuses on key roles on boards and relies on the exchange of ideas among participants with relevant experience.

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Program Director

Didier Cossin

Swiss, French


Didier Cossin

Swiss, French, Professor

PhD in Business Economics Harvard University

Programs: High Performance Boards, Strategic Finance, Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topics: Finance, Governance

Faculty Team

Please note program faculty may change

Arturo Bris



Arturo Bris

Spanish, Professor

PhD in Management INSEAD

Programs: Strategic Finance, Building on Talent, Orchestrating Winning Performance, Advanced Management Program

Topic: Finance

Ben Bryant

Australian, British


Ben Bryant

Australian, British, Professor

PhD London Business School

Program: Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topics: Interpersonal Leadership, Team Leadership

Goutam Challagalla

American, Indian


Goutam Challagalla

American, Indian, Professor

PhD in Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin

Programs: Digital Marketing Strategies, Orchestrating Winning Performance, Advanced Management Program

Topics: Marketing, Strategy

William A. Fischer



William A. Fischer

American, Professor

DBA George Washington University

Programs: Driving Strategic Innovation, Being Innovative, Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topic: Innovation

Robert Hooijberg



Robert Hooijberg

Dutch, Professor

PhD University of Michigan

Programs: Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives, Negotiating for Value Creation, Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topic: Organizational Design

Anand Narasimhan

Indian, British


Anand Narasimhan

Indian, British, Professor

PhD Vanderbilt University

Programs: Leading the Family Business, Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topic: Interpersonal Leadership

Michael Yaziji



Michael Yaziji

American, Professor

Ph.D. University of California

Programs: High Performance Boards, Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topic: Strategy

Paul Strebel

South African, Swiss

Emeritus Professor

Paul Strebel

South African, Swiss, Emeritus Professor

PhD Princeton University

Programs: High Performance Boards, Strategic Thinking , Orchestrating Winning Performance

Topics: Governance, Strategy

Testimonials & Past Leadings Participants

It was a great opportunity to step back and reflect on Board responsibility. I kept the Board program with a lot of ideas for immediate actions.

Ulrich Lehner


The board program 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, how to engage with non-governmental organizations and how to leverage social media as a new and powerful channel of communication

Michel Demaré


This Board program was a fantastic program, very stimulating lectures. The speakers did not focus on general aspects they always showed examples of real life. Good speakers catching the attention of the people, and stimulating broad discussion. Excellent learning environment.

Verena Briner


HPB has helped me to better manage board issues. It broadened and refreshed my perspective of the relationship between the board and management, and provided useful and practical insights from live case studies.

H.E. Nasser bin Khamis Al Jashmi


The board program is very inspirational. It points in the direction of board's roles and responsibilities which are critical for success and effectiveness but which are either overlooked or taken for granted - a dangerous "complacency".

Ambrosie Bryant Orjiako