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May 9, 2013

Next in Line – The Conference Board’s CEO Succession Practices: 2012 Edition

describes trends, practices, shareholder activism and notable cases with respect to CEO succession. This report provides statistics on incoming CEO age, inside promotions vs. outside hires, joint election as board chairman and qualifications and skills that could be helpful for benchmarking purposes as directors consider their companys CEO succession plan. CEO succession planning is presented by the numbers and can be used as a comparison tool against other public company practices and plans. The report also details real world cases of CEO succession where various scenarios such as sudden death, planned retirement and apprenticeship have played out. Finally, the report highlights shareholder activism demanding enhanced disclosure on CEO succession planning.

is published annually and is available for purchase. Additional information about The Conference Board can be found at