Best Board Competition

Every year, since 2012, we have been awarding the prestigious Best Board & Best Board Member awards.

The Best Board award is a team award to appreciate extraordinary work of a collective administration body. The Best Board Member award, on the other hand, is awarded to an individual member of an administration. We recognize those companies that have managed to achieve extraordinary benefits in corporate governance and have contributed in significantly improving the quality of corporate governance.


The work of an administration is not just a world of decision-making and management. It is above all a world of people who have a great sense of responsibility and often solve problems in the fields of law, finance, academia, and ethics. That is why every year we award the Best Board and Best Board Member awards, to thank them for their demanding and responsible work, and for all the energy they give.” 

Kamil Čermák, President of the Czech Institute of Directors



Best Board Member
In this category, we award a special Corporate Governance Star Award for Outstanding Contribution to Corporate Governance

Best Board (company awards) 
Company over 3,000 employees
Small and medium-sized enterprises and family businesses




Nominations of teams or individuals for the Best Board and Best Board Member awards can be made by both individuals and businesses. Each nomination must include, in addition to basic identification data, a justification for the award. The winners of the awards will be selected by an expert jury composed of representatives of the members of the Czech Institute of Directors, who will announce the winner at the ceremony. The starting date for submitting nominations is always in the first half of the following calendar year, and the last date on which the nomination can be sent will be announced in due time.


Nomination conditions


      Best Board Member


  • The candidate has been a member of the administrative body for at least 5 years
  • Czech or foreign national
  • Professional, knowledgeable, has strong moral assumptions and long-term experience in the work of the governing body
  • Demonstrates personal contribution to the development and operation of governance in their company. This company must be headquartered in the Czech Republic and have long-term results in terms of governance and management
  • Part of the nomination must be recommendations from at least two members of the governing body in the company in which the nominee works

It is not possible to nominate members of the Steering Committee and the CIOD Review Committee to the competition.


     Corporate Governance Star Special Award


  • The prize is awarded only to a member of the administrative body who has been a member of the administrative body for more than two years
  • Outstanding contribution to corporate governance

Best Board


  • The company has been active on the Czech market for more than 5 years
  • Headquartered in the Czech Republic
  • In the long run, the company has high-quality results in the area of ​​governance
  • Governance and management are at a high level of performance in this company and the nominated administrative body is actively involved in the application of corporate governance principles
  • The company must not be in bankruptcy proceedings and should not be subject to forced administration

The evaluation of nominated companies is based in their annual reports, publicly available data, and also a personal meeting with representatives of the nominated administrative body.

It is not possible to nominate members of the statutory bodies whose members are members of the Steering Committee and the CIOD Control Commission.



  • Nominate the Best Board member
  • Nominate Best Board 
  • Nominate Corporate Governance Star

Year 2017

You can nominate your candidates by August 30, 2018.

Year 2016


Best Board – Best Administrative Authority 

  • Category of over 3,000 employees: Česká spořitelna, a.s.
  • Small and Medium Companies: METALKOV spol. s r.o.

Best Board Member – Best member of the administrative body:  Pavel Krtek, M.Sc., Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of   České dráhy, a.s.

Corporate Governance Star:  Ing. Jan Sadil, Ph.D., Member of the Board of Directors of ČSOB, a.s.



Year 2014/15


Best Board – Best Administrative Authority 

  • Category over 3,000 employees: Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s.
  • Small and medium-sized companies: Beznoska, s.r.o.

Best Board Member – Best member of the governing body:  Jiří Kunert, Chairman and CEO of UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

Corporate Governance Star:  Jan Klouda, General Counsel of Vodafone Czech Republic a.s.


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