Tom Boardman: The Leader as Agile Learner
Dr Viveka Christierson and Angela Urban
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Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand
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?