Tom Boardman: The Leader as Agile Learner

Author :

Dr Viveka Christierson and Angela Urban

Pages :

19 pages

Product Type :

Case

Reference # :

WBS-2017-14

Teaching Note :

not available

Institute:

Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand

Setting:

South Africa

Year:

2017

Keywords:

Leadership

Summary/Abstract:

Tom Boardman learnt volumes when he created and sold Boardmans (the store) in the 1980s, and when he led Nedbank from an ailing organisation, through its turnaround in the early and mid-2000s, to one of the top banks in 2010. In May 2016, Kinnevik, a listed Swedish investment company, appointed Boardman as chairman – he had been a director since 2011. Kinnevik was in a strong financial position and Boardman pondered his reasons for accepting the challenge of being chairman, abandoning any thoughts of retiring at nearly 70 years of age. What could he bring to this position?