Reports emerged today that the next chairman of troubled banker HSBC will be an outsider. If this is what "completely overhauled" means, then HSBC might have just made an inspired decision. However, it is not a slam-dunk. The decision is the first of many that will be required to get the organisation back on the rails and to re-establish much-needed credibility in the marketplace.
Another word of caution: an external chairman is no guarantee of success. Boards needs to be led well, and a high-performance culture and an effective strategy are also crucial elements. But to make the move away from appointing a chairman from amongst the executive team is a very big step in the right direction.
Well done for taking an important step HSBC.
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