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Darla Moore School of Business


Center for Executive Succession

The Center for Executive Succession provides a forum for corporate leaders to shape the future strategic direction of succession practices, which is increasingly one of the board's top governance priorities. Our partners have the opportunity to contribute to sound research that challenges the status quo and is empirically driven to further the success of C-suite succession.

The Future of Leadership in the C-Suite

Executive succession has garnered increasing attention from Boards of Directors, CEOs, analysts and the media. Failures and miscues in making succession decisions have cost companies in expenses, missed growth opportunities and reputation. In spite of the fact that executive succession presents huge risks to corporations, little is known regarding the challenges, pitfalls and best practices. The sensitive nature of “behind the veil” processes has limited the ability to conduct detailed research into executive succession. Thus, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina has created the Center for Executive Succession to leverage the world-class faculty research capability and a unique corporate/academic partnership to provide cutting-edge knowledge in these areas.

The corporate/academic collaboration between CES and its partner companies will generate credible, unique and unbiased knowledge to further the effectiveness of executive succession practices in firms.