NACD Directorship 100 Policies and Procedures

Since 2007, the NACD Directorship 100 has sought to identify the most influential people in the boardroom and in corporate governance. The 2023 D100 will comprise 50 directors and 50 governance professionals and institutions who exemplify the knowledge, leadership, and excellence that our organization promotes. Past D100 director honorees are not eligible for consideration for the 2023 list.

Nomination Requirements for Directors

D100 nominees will only be considered if nominated by a peer. The D100 will be selected based on criteria that reflects NACD's standards of director professionalism. Nominated directors must serve on at least one public, private, and/or nonprofit board where they chair a committee of that board:


  • Demonstrate the highest ethical standards on both a personal and professional level

  • Set a notable tone at the top in promoting the company's vision and values

  • Consistently demonstrate candor, fairness, and openness to others' opinions

  • Exhibit courage and leadership under duress, doing what is best for the corporation and its shareholders in the face of countervailing pressures inside or outside the boardroom

Mature Confidence

  • Value board and team performance over individual performance, keeping ego in check

  • Facilitate superior board performance, bringing out the best in peer directors

  • Form constructive working relationships and collaborate with an independent attitude

  • Participate in the development of future leaders and directors

Informed Judgment

  • Provide wise, thoughtful counsel on a broad range of issues

  • Maintain leadership in their fields of endeavor

  • Demonstrate judgment and discretion that is trusted by their peers

  • Have a track record for actions that have guided their company in maintaining consistent, long-term profitability, pursuing significant business opportunities, improving shareholder returns, and/or dealing effectively with a crisis or other major change

High-Performance Standards

  • Have a history of achievements that reflect high standards for themselves and others

  • Devote time to the job, both inside and outside the boardroom, demonstrating rigorous preparation and participation

  • Foster an environment of constant improvement of strategic goals, performance, and innovation

  • Demonstrate a focus on creating and balancing value for shareholders, customers, employees, and other stakeholders

Selection Committee

The NACD Directorship editorial team reviews candidates for the D100 received in the open call for nominations. Each year, the final D100 list comprises a new class of directors that reflects the composition of NACD's membership.

The final list of D100 honorees is submitted to the NACD senior leadership team and then to the NACD board for final ratification.