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Five Financial Sector Leadership Issues Worthy of Board and Executive Attention

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Encouraging and Capturing Innovation

  • Innovation within any large institution is difficult, but in a heavily-regulated financial services firm it is particularly challenging.
  • Learning from attackers, watching competitors, and creating cultures and teams designed to innovate will be critical to staying relevant to the clients of the future.

 

Driving the Digital Agenda

  • „Far from being just another channel, the impact of digital is transforming what banking customers expect and is creating new opportunities in underserved markets.
  • Given the business-wide implications of digital transformation, digital leadership is required at multiple points across financial institutions.

 

Building Best-in-Class Risk Management Teams

  • Financial institutions are developing risk management functions capable of serving as real business partners. Chief Risk Officers (CRO) have increased responsibilities attached to their remits and a greater emphasis on building internal and external relationships.
  • Many banks have moved away from a federal compliance model and implemented a more independent and empowered function at the group level.

 

Driving the Diversity Agenda with Business Logic

  • Financial institutions are often ahead of the curve when it comes to diversity. However, more needs to be done to increase diversity in the executive suite.

 

Creating a Highly Effective Board

  • ​Best-in-class corporate governance is becoming more important as corporations face a significant increase in regulatory scrutiny and heightened expectations regarding risk management.
  • Financial institutions are focused on improving Board composition and effectiveness, growing the presence of cross-functional experts and formalizing CEO succession plans.

 

 

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Five Financial Sector Leadership Issues Worthy of Board and Executive Attention