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Board Evaluations

Enhance your board effectiveness

With the increased demands of the modern board of directors, many companies are taking another look at the board evaluation and education process. Many are abandoning tired, self-administered surveys in favor of comprehensive interviews designed to elicit meaningful feedback from every board member.

Directors, and those in charge of evaluations, need to ask the following questions:

  • What strategic value does your board offer?
  • What are your board's strengths?
  • Where can your board improve?
  • Is your board well prepared to guide the company in the future?

Do Board Evaluations Provide Strategic Value to the Company?

(North American and European Proxy Voters, Jan. 2017, n=71)

Board Evaluations Provide Strategic Value to the Companies

Best practice demands that board evaluations should not just be about the basic elements of meeting processes and board functionality. A truly effective and independent assessment critically examines the most important responsibilities of a board — its impact on valuation, risk management, strategic oversight and long-term stewardship.

Rivel is uniquely positioned to provide a complete 360-degree view of board operations, management credibility and shareholder perceptions. By obtaining the full picture and understanding all the elements, a board equips itself to provide best-in-class leadership and guidance.

This market-leading process takes approximately one month from initiating questionnaire customization to delivery of the final report.

Importance of a Good Board Evaluation When Judging Board Credibility

(North American and European Proxy Voters, Jan. 2017, n=71)

Importance of a Good Board Evaluation When Judging Board Credibility

What makes the Rivel process better?

Key Features:

  • Independent
  • Objective
  • "Live" telephone interviews
  • In-person presentation
  • Fully customizable
  • Focus on strategy, risk & valuation

All interviews are conducted "live" via telephone to promote candor and allow for intelligent and focused probing on the issues that really matter. Online and paper-based questionnaires are simply not effective tools for gathering strategic insight.

Anonymity of responses ensures complete candor and openness.

We do not judge or grade performance, but rather evaluate director perspectives through candid and thoughtful questioning that results in improved board function.

We benchmark the board as a whole and individual director's unique skills and experience.

For more information:

If you are interested in learning more about corporate governance best practices through Rivel Research Group's Corporate Governance Intelligence Council please contact David Bobker, Vice President, Corporate Governance & Board Evaluation at (203) 803-1515 or via email at

Odds are, we have done work for your peers and we have consultants that are experts on your industry.

References and testimonials are available upon request.