Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2013 (Revised June 2013)

Chorus and Telecom: Building the Boards

by Boris Groysberg and Sarah L. Abbott

Abstract

In 2011, Sarah Naudé and Matt Stanley sat down with the chairman of Telecom New Zealand, Wayne Boyd. Telecom, a publicly listed company and the largest telecom provider in New Zealand, was being divided into two publicly traded companies, Chorus, a telecom infrastructure company, and new Telecom, a telecom retail services provider. In connection with this split, Naudé and Stanley were charged with overseeing the process of creating two new boards of directors for these companies. As part of this process, the team reviews the roles and responsibilities of a board, defines what capabilities the new boards need, and reduces a preliminary list of candidates to a short list. They must now use this short list to create two strong boards.

Keywords: board of directors; Women's Empowerment; governance; leadership; Governance; Leadership; Selection and Staffing; Organizational Structure; Decision Making; Human Resources; Diversity Characteristics; Telecommunications Industry; New Zealand;

Citation:

Groysberg, Boris, and Sarah L. Abbott. "Chorus and Telecom: Building the Boards." Harvard Business School Case 413-030, January 2013. (Revised June 2013.)