Korn/Ferry Survey Reveals More Interest Than Action in CEO Succession Planning Among Top Companies

By Kornferry International, PRNE
Monday, December 20, 2010

NEW YORK, December 21, 2010 - A Korn/Ferry Executive Survey released today reveals that the majority of
global companies do not have a CEO succession plan in place, even though they
regard CEO succession as an important element of overall corporate
governance. The Korn/Ferry Institute surveyed a global sample of corporate

According to the Korn/Ferry Executive Survey, nearly all companies - 98
percent - regard CEO succession planning as an important piece of the overall
corporate governance process. Yet, only 35 percent of respondents are
prepared for either the unexpected or planned departure of their CEO.

Despite the recent increase of unexpected departures of several high
profile CEOs, the trend has not fully opened the eyes of corporate
executives. The Korn/Ferry Executive Survey reveals that 43 percent of
respondents have not increased their attention to succession planning in
response to recent scrutiny and headlines focused on hasty CEO departures.
Nearly half of respondents, 49 percent, have not put a succession plan in
place in the last three years.

"Given the number of abrupt, high profile executive departures this year,
it's surprising that more companies are not acting with greater urgency to
put a CEO succession plan in place," said Joe Griesedieck, vice chairman and
managing director of Korn/Ferry Board & CEO Services Practice. "In today's
environment, succession planning should be a part of any company's standard
approach to governance."

Recent changes in federal regulation concerning CEO succession disclosure
rules have changed the outlook of organizations considering the importance of
CEO succession planning. Of those surveyed, 48 percent reveal that CEO
succession planning is more important now than it has been in the past, while
51 percent have not changed their attitude toward CEO succession and believe
it has always been important.

    1. Do you regard CEO succession planning as an important piece of overall
       corporate governance?

       Yes                             98%
       No                               2%

    2. Does your company have a CEO succession plan in place?

       Yes                             35%
       No                              65%

    3. Has your company put a succession plan in place in the last three

       Yes                             39%
       No, we had a succession plan
        in place earlier than three
        years ago                      13%
       No                              49%

    *Due to rounding, responses do not equal 100 percent.

    4. Is CEO succession planning more important now than it has been in the

       Yes, it is more important       48%
       No, it has always been
        important                      51%
       No, it is not important          1%

    5. Have the unexpected departures of several recent high-profile CEOs
       heightened attention at your company on CEO succession planning?

       Yes                             23%
       No, it has always been a
        priority                       34%
       No                              43%


The Executive Survey is based on a global survey of executives registered
within the firm's online Executive Center, ekornferry.com. Respondents from
60 countries, representing a wide spectrum of industries and functional
areas, participated in the most recent Executive Survey.

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