If a good board is important to your company, why leave its administration a part-time afterthought? More companies are aiming for boardroom excellence with a full-time board staff person.
Jodi Kass, director of the office of the corporate secretary at Time-Warner, puts 70 to 75% of her time into managing the media giant's board. "I'm a central resource for the board," says Klass. "They can find me whenever they need information." Though Kass handles the typical board support duties (mailings, putting together agendas and meeting packages, scheduling) her dedicated status lets Time-Warner put more thought and innovation into meeting boardroom demands. For example:
Board manager Klass's most important bit of advice: "Learn who your board members are, their interests and how you can be helpful. The board is your audience."
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