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Board composition these days is expected to be an expertly mixed cocktail of non-executives, made up of a lot of fresh ingredients along with the pickled ones.
Succession planning for the Board is an art as much as a science. Take a good base of relevant skills, combine it with a healthy slug of board diversity and, for an extra twist, add a sitting executive as a NED. 

Investors are increasingly putting the spotlight on succession planning and boards should give it even more serious consideration than ever. Each board has a distinctive recipe, but here are a few of the common approaches which can help you find your own special mix and avoid a sour outcome.