Board directors: Look for diversity of talent, not gender

Board directors: Look for diversity of talent, not gender

Ms Elsie Loo suggested considering former company secretaries for the board ("Untapped source of potential female board members"; Dec 24).

Company secretaries are administrators, not business executives, managers, owners or entrepreneurs.

Their roles and responsibilities are "corporate" in nature. They are not concerned with the "business" side of companies such as managing operations, financial decision-making, business development and strategic planning.

Company secretaries should not be considered for board appointments just because many of them are women.

As a shareholder, my concern is that board appointments should be based on merit, capability, experience and track record, and not on gender.

A business can always engage a company secretary or lawyer to assist the board.

There is no need to have one sitting as a board member.

It is better to fill the boardroom with a diversity of talent rather than a diversity of gender.

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