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Want to join a corporate board? Network and exhibit skills

Association executives seeking seat on a board of directors for a public company need to make their interest in the job known

Chavern and LarkinChavern, left, and Larkin

Feb. 14, 2020
By Walt Williams

David Chavern first joined the board of directors of insurer Transamerica when he was COO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He hadn’t been looking for a board position at the time but was approached about the job by the chairman, who was also a member of the Chamber’s board of directors.

“I asked the CEO of the Chamber, Tom Donohue, whether he thought it would be appropriate and Tom was very supportive,” said Chavern, who is now CEO of the News Media Alliance. “Tom himself had served on a number of corporate boards, and he was a big believer that serving on a board gives you insight into the business community that’s helpful to your advocacy efforts.”