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Performance Effects of Appointing Other Firms' Executive Directors to Corporate Boards: An Analysis of UK Firms

  • Muravyev, Alexander

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    (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg branch)

  • Talavera, Oleksandr

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    (University of Sheffield)

  • Weir, Charlie

    ()

    (Robert Gordon University)

This paper studies the effect on company performance of appointing non-executive directors that are also executive directors in other firms. The analysis is based on a new panel dataset of UK companies over 2002-2008. Our findings suggest a positive relationship between the presence of these non-executive directors and the accounting performance of the appointing companies. The effect is stronger if these directors are executive directors in firms that are performing well. We also find a positive effect when these non-executive directors are members of the audit committee. Overall, our results are broadly consistent with the view that non-executive directors that are executives in other firms contribute to both the monitoring and advisory functions of corporate boards.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7962.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2014
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, doi: 10.1007/s11156-014-0460-6
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7962
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