Mon 2 Oct 2017
News - Getting to know better: Sandrine Dubois
Getting to Know better: SANDRINE DUBOIS

During her extensive career in the financial sector she had the opportunity to implement robust governance while succeeding in finding the right balance between the requirements of the regulators and the constraints of the value chain.
With a deep understanding of the financial sector regulatory environment, she decided four years ago to become independent director to offer her skills and her philosophy of the efficient and prudent governance to the boards where she is invited. As independent director, Sandrine's goal is to share experience and make enterprises benefit from it.

What are in your opinion, the key attributes for a Director?

Being independent or not, in my opinion most key attributes to be shared by all directors are: good listener with analytical skills; continuous learning and abreast of market evolution; identify hidden information beyond and behind KPIs and gain management accountability. For independent director, I would add follow-up outside the board room.

What do you think makes a great Board?

According to me an efficient board gather around the table diversity in backgrounds, personalities and analytical skills; debates are lead in good atmosphere but without complaisance; people around the table are well prepared, raising relevant questions that generate constructive debates.

What does the outlook of Luxembourg look like, 10 years from now?

In ten years it will be more and more expected to support business decisions by data analysis. The economy will be governed by digital, successful companies will be ones having embedded digital in their strategy. For this Luxembourg needs to build an attractive landscape for talent acquisition.
The already existing competitive advantage of Luxembourg is the proximity that business actors can have with regulators and the government. Decisions can be taken together to benefit businesses.
With these combined strengths, business and regulatory environment will be competitive and able to attract talents.

What would you change to improve the effectiveness of Luxembourg Boards?

Effective boards integrate this digital dimension in its decision process; open their door to hear the voice of digital and data specialists; and organize appropriate workforce in the company to handle these topics. Always keep Bill Gates’ quote in mind “We can’t address what we can’t measure”.

How can ILA contribute to the economy, better boards and society?

With its newsletters, trainings, conferences, certification…, ILA is already a substantial contributor. My suggestion would be raising awareness on data, digital and Fintech among the directors community; in order to give them appropriate importance in all Luxembourg board rooms, any sector combined.