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Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 185-205

First online:

CEO and Chairperson characteristics and firm performance

  • Emilia PeniAffiliated withDepartment of Accounting and Finance, University of VaasaDepartment of Finance, University of Central Florida Email author 

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the relationship between Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson characteristics and firm performance. Specifically, the study examines the association between the characteristics of the CEO and the Chairperson of the board and firm performance. Using a sample of S&P 500 firms, the evidence found suggests that demographic and experience-related characteristics may be associated with the market valuation and financial performance of the firm. In particular, the reported results indicate a positive relationship between the presence of female CEOs or Chairs and firm performance, thus suggesting that gender-based differences may affect the CEO’s/Chairperson’s success. Moreover, the findings concerning the age of the CEO or Chair are mixed, while their experience and quality appear positively related to firm performance. Interestingly, a CEO or Chairperson holding multiple board seats is negatively associated with firm performance, whereas CEO duality has a positive relationship with Tobin’s Q and the return on assets (ROA) of the firm.

Keywords

Corporate governance CEO characteristics Chairperson characteristics Executive gender Firm performance