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International board representation
I just finished reading "Board Members From Beyond," by Gerry Romano, CAE (1) (Computer-Aided Engineering) Software that analyzes designs which have been created in the computer or that have been created elsewhere and entered into the computer. , in the January 2000 issue of ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT. Good content, but something it did not address is the following. I am the manager of international relations international relations, study of the relations among states and other political and economic units in the international system. Particular areas of study within the field of international relations include diplomacy and diplomatic history, international law, for the Financial Planning Financial planning
Evaluating the investing and financing options available to a firm. Planning includes attempting to make optimal decisions, projecting the consequences of these decisions for the firm in the form of a financial plan, and then comparing future performance against Association, an organization of 28,000 members. We have a very broad membership, in that 35 countries are represented. However, it is also shallow, considering that we only have 550 members from outside of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . So, the question is, how do you get international board representation in a situation like this?
International membership is only 2 percent of the whole, so realistically, we would only be able to have one non-U.S. member (board size is 17). I guess the way to go is to choose representation from the most predominant country represented in the membership (Canada). Any insights here would be appreciated.
Manager of International Relations, Financial Planning Association, Atlanta
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Laura, a couple of comments: First, if your membership is predominantly from the United States but you are trying to add depth of perspective to the board, I would not designate your only "foreign" board position as Canadian. While I count a great many Canadians as friends and colleagues, and I know that they're different from those of us south of the border, they are still pretty close to U.S. citizens in terms of their perspective, which is North American North American
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Another way to approach it might be to define regions rather than countries, and strive to have a board representative from each region (possibly nonvoting if there are concerns about over-representation). Since your membership is close to 100 percent North American, you might look into electing "observer" board members from the other regions-- for example, South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe, Asia--or however it makes sense to break it down based on your geographic distribution or where you think there is the most potential for development.
Director, Interel Association Management, Brussels, Belgium
My organization was founded as an international one, with a constitution predicated on equal status among members in many countries. We have 200 members. What has worked for us is a combination of a regional strategy with a global one.
My board is composed of 19 members: 5 officers and 14 directors. Four directors are elected--one from each of four regions--by the members in the region. However, all of the other 10 director positions are at large globally, as are the positions of chair and treasurer. Our president-elect is elected on nomination of the country hosting our annual world conference, so it follows that the president and past president are also country-specific.
While U.S. and U.K. members could elect many directors, in practice they do not, preferring a global distribution. Presently, of the 19 who sit on the board, we have four from the United States, three from the United Kingdom, and one each from Brazil, Sweden, India, Bahrain, Japan, Jordan, Cyprus, Taiwan, Malaysia, Egypt, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. Ex officio [Latin, From office.] By virtue of the characteristics inherent in the holding of a particular office without the need of specific authorization or appointment.
The phrase ex officio members are from Ireland and the United States.
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