Today’s corporate board must be diverse and effective. Jay
Conger, co-author of Corporate Boards: New Strategies for Adding Value at the Top, assembles 7 pros for an ideal group.

22. Laura Tyson, dean of UC Berkeley’s business school, and an economist. A natural choice to help a board think about the impact of the economy on their company.

23. Jack Welch, CEO of GE. Every board needs a master of a leading large-scale corporation and a well-informed player in the world of acquisitions and mergers.

24. Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay. The Internet is here to stay, and boards should all have someone who understands that game well.

25. Klaus Schwab, president of the World Economic Forum. This master networker, who helps bring the world’s leaders together each year, can help companies connect with outsiders.

26. Masayoshi Son, founder of Japan’s Softbank. Few non-Americans sit on U.S. boards. In today’s global economy, companies benefit by having a real outsider on board.

27. Percy Barnevik, former chairman of ABB. Barnevik would bring a European’s perspective and a keen understanding of how to manage a global businesses.

28. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor. Companies need insight on their employees, but many boards only look outward. Reich would
remind them to look inside.