Jun 26 2015
15th-18th June 2015 Vienna/Austria; Kempinski Hotel Budapest/Hungary
While last years’ General Assembly of AIMS International focused on defining the strategy vision 2017, this year´s focus was around the continued roadmap of its implementation and the Global Practise Team Expertise’s.
AIMS International has incorporated the specific industry experience and competencies of its outstanding consultants into Global Practice Teams who constantly update and exchange in-depth cross-border industry sector knowledge and market information. The first day of the AGM was dedicated to the latest addition to these practise teams, e.g. Board Services.
Three prominent presenters were invited to share their insights related to the Board Services topic: Dr Roger Barker, Director of Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors, talked about global and local Board Structures around the world, best practices, trends and issues. Mrs Beata Binek, President of the Polish Institute of Directors, talked about Emerging Markets changes in Boards and Mr György Szabo, ex CEO of SANOMA Hungary, shared his experience as a CEO working with Boards.
The following panel discussion with the presenters and Mr Daniel Ekberg (Sweden), President of AIMS International, and Mr Richard Joly (Canada), Vice President of AIMS International, key discussion themes included CEO and Board recruitment, CEO evaluation and CEO succession.
″Thank you Roger for your presentation. Now, we observe that governance is advancing on two fundamental fronts: diversity with more woman and ethics with more transparency. These two underpinnings of governance will favour the adoption of desired behaviours amongst global corporate leaders”, says Mr Richard Joly, Vice President of AIMS International.
Over 80 specially invited external guests attended the evenings Client Event further focusing on the Board Theme with the topic ”Women in Boards”. Mr Ferenc Pongrácz, President of AMCHAM, BD Executive SEE at IBM held a presentation about the topic of Female leaders in IBM.
This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Mr Vilmos Benkö, ex-President of AMCHAM including Ms Edina Heal, Country Manager of Google, Ms Ágnes Fábián, President of Henkel, MD of Henkel, Ms Krisztina Varga, Regional Business Operations Manager SEE of HP and Ms Judit Zolnay, CEO of MetLife.
The four female leaders shared their experiences and agreed that being a female leader is in fact nothing to be discussed. They have to perform on the required level as they are assessed and honoured by fulfilling the expectations and meeting the target. Ms Edina Heal highlighted that the education, and especially to study IT, can determine the future opportunities for young girls. Ms Ágnes Fábián gives room for young talents to show their suitability and skills and Ms Krisztina Varga brought elements of the diversity within HP and practical advice. Ms Judit Zolnay supports and develops young talents and freshly appointed female leaders in various forms of training courses. They all agreed that progress can be reached if the society provides the room for changes and that the mind-set of changes starts within the families.
In the AGM two new AIMS International Board members were elected, Ms Cecilia Diaz (Mexico) and Ms Lenka Pisackova (Czech Republic), thus increasing the women share of Board members of AIMS International by 100%. The board members of the association are elected for a 3 year period.
The second day of the AGM was spent on the global and local roadmap enabling AIMS Internationals Strategy Vision 2017 globally.
The last day focussed on sharing border industry sector knowledge and market information between the 8 Global Practice Team Expertise areas: Automotive, Board Services (new), Energy, Financial Services, FMCG & Luxury goods, Industrial, IT & Telecom and Life Sciences.
Three new Partners introduced themselves to the rest of the organization at the AGM; China, Netherlands and Norway, which is a new Partner also of the newly formed AIMS International Scandinavia.
“This AGM was one of the most attended AGMs we have ever had. The hosting of our Hungarian unit was excellent and the event marked the start of the implementation of our new Strategy. We can clearly see that we are moving forward in the right direction”, says Mr Daniel Ekberg, President of AIMS International.
Susann Blybäck – International Coordinator AIMS International
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About AIMS International (www.aimsinternational.com)
Incorporated in Vienna, Austria in 1992, AIMS International is an international executive search organization of independently owned and managed executive search firms who work collaboratively to execute executive search assignment for global clients around the world. AIMS International is represented by over 300 consultants in more than 80 offices in over 50 countries throughout all continents.