Transitioning from Board Member to Board Leader

The transition from the C-suite to the boardroom then to board leadership can cause some growing pains and create some gray area in understanding your role and responsibilities. James White and Keith Meyer explore the new skills you needed to develop to become an effective board member, the impact of being a diverse board chair, and how to adapt your leadership style to your evolving board roles, focusing on James’s personal transition from the CEO role to an independent director and then to board chairman.



James White is the chairman of the board of the Directors Academy and Adtalem Global Education. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is currently chairman of the board of Adtelem Global Education, executive chairman of Bradshaw International and a director of Panera Bread Company.  He was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of CallidusCloud and Hillshire Brands.  Mr. White is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.