AltoPartners and Better Boards Announce Global Collaboration: Partnership to offer bespoke Board Evaluation, Board Audit and Board Retreat Services

November 21, 2018
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AltoPartners, the international alliance of boutique executive search and leadership consulting firms, proudly announces their global collaboration agreement with Better Boards, an innovative, research-led Board evaluation methodology and development programme conceptualised by Dr. Sabine Dembkowski. The evidence-based approach of Better Boards provides unparalleled insights into the hallmarks of effective Boards, enables individuals to become more impactful in the Boardroom and thereby further optimizes the collective.

Carol Leonard, The Inzito Partnership Managing Partner and AltoPartners Global Operating Committee Member, says: “Better Boards product is better than anything else on the market and by quite some margin. It offers a completely fresh approach, which is much more rigorous but also more positive and supportive, than anything else currently on offer. It encourages and reinforces the strengths of Board members and vice versa, in a very clever way. It can be used equally effectively at Exco level, offering CEO’s an extraordinary new tool. In either scenario it adds serious value, which is so refreshing when compared to the usual box ticking alternatives.”

Globally, AltoPartners local member firms work extensively at both executive and board level to help clients secure the highest calibre leadership talent. In the course of non-executive searches, our teams find themselves working with briefs that have been informed by the results of Board evaluations. Following discussions and a period of review, we have studied the evaluation tools and methodologies of Better Boards and continue to be impressed by the approach that Dr Sabine Dembkowski and her team take. It is on this basis that we announce that AltoPartners has added them to a select group of external organisations that we endorse and recommend to our clients.

On the collaboration with AltoPartners, Dr Sabine Dembkowski says: “I had the pleasure of meeting many of the AltoPartners members at the recent Global Partner meeting in Chile and was impressed with the forward thinking approach and professionalism of the Partners in the alliance. I am proud to be associated with the AltoPartners global alliance and look forward to collaborating with local Partners in many countries. Together we can provide Boards with a cutting-edge approach to Board Evaluations and contribute to the creation of better boards.”

With 60 offices in 38 countries, AltoPartners maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. For the complete list of partner companies and territories we cover, please visit

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About AltoPartners

Established in 2006, AltoPartners is a leading international alliance of retained executive search and leadership consulting firms which combine the reach of a global network with the local knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit of independent partners working together to find the client’s perfect candidate fit. Today the alliance covers 60 offices in 38 countries and is ranked in the Top 10 Global Search Firms. Our proven assessment and search methodologies, industry expertise, existing network of professional contacts, and our impressive timelines provide our clients and candidates with the best results at every opportunity. The AltoPartners alliance has created a distinctive force in executive search worldwide, giving global coverage across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. For more information about the work we do and the countries we cover, please visit

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About Dr. Sabine Dembkowski

Dr. Sabine Dembkowski is a Board advisor, management consultant and executive coach. She works for and with listed companies (FTSE100/250/350, DAX, and MDAX), global corporate groups, private equity firms, leading consulting firms and Growth businesses.

In the last few years, Sabine has focused on creating more effective Boards and top leadership teams. She is credited with having identified the ‘Seven Hallmarks of Effective Boards’ and having developed an innovative online audit tool.

The seven hallmarks have been peer-reviewed and published in the US, the UK and across Europe. In addition, leading investors, listed organisations and growth companies have worked with Sabine, applied the principles of her research and achieved tangible results.

After studying business management in Cologne and completing a Ph.D. in Bristol, Sabine worked as a management consultant in various leadership positions for A.T. Kearney and Monitor Company in London. Driven by a passion to reach beyond the PowerPoint slide to get down to the nuts and bolts and create real, long-lasting change in organisations, she set up two businesses: The Coaching Centre and Better Boards.

Sabine has published numerous articles in various recognised, international journals and magazines such as Harvard Business Manager, The Corporate Board, Real Deal, Accountancy Futures, The International Journal of Mentoring & Coaching and Business Coaching Worldwide. Her articles focus on topics such as leadership, creating effective Boards and best practice in executive coaching. Sabine has also co-authored various handbooks and standard reference works related to these topics.

Sabine has been trained as an executive coach in the USA, the UK and Germany. She is certified to carry out and analyse a wide range of psychometric tests. She is also a member of the Executive Coach Team at the London Business School and European Corporate Governance Institute.

AltoPartners Media Contact Julia Scheffer