Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | June 2014 (Revised June 2014)

Chorus and Telecom: Building the Boards (TN)

by Boris Groysberg and Sarah L. Abbott


In 2011, Telecom, the largest telecom provider in New Zealand, was being divided into two publicly traded companies. In connection with this split, Sarah Naudé and Matt Stanley worked with the chairman of Telecom New Zealand, Wayne Boyd, to create two new boards of directors for these companies. This teaching note reviews: the role and importance of a board of directors; the processes used to select board members and assemble boards; and the steps taken at Telecom to ensure they created two high-performing boards.

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


Groysberg, Boris, and Sarah L. Abbott. "Chorus and Telecom: Building the Boards (TN)." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 414-025, June 2014. (Revised June 2014.)