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VW’s Board Needed More Outsiders,

Harvard Business Review

Companies that separate the roles of CEO and chairman and appoint strong outsiders to the latter position may have one advantage: they are more likely to benefit from strong governance. The Volkswagen debacle, just like other big crises, reminds us how expensive weak governance can be.

With a strong, competent, and independent chair able to step in and assume responsibility (and possibly act as interim CEO), a company in a crisis that destroys its leadership is better placed to navigate the storm.