‘Gearing up for AI’ Report: a guide to what every board member needs to know and do.

26 Oct 2020

‘Gearing up for AI’ Report: a guide to what every board member needs to know and do.

Read a research report on the impact of AI on board roles and how to prepare for the future of business.

The potential impact of AI is described as being equal to the entry of China into the world economy twenty years ago.

Our report explains why it is not like any other technological transformation seen so far. And because artificial intelligence is a game-changer at every level, it requires the informed direct involvement of each and every member of the board.
For leaders and organisations, the stakes are too high, and the risks too large for any other approach.

Detailed and comprehensive AI report.

Our free, downloadable report was produced by the Initiative for Applied Artificial Intelligence and Odgers Berndtson. It describes what each board member needs to know about AI, in detail, role by role. And it explains how it will affect the board collectively too.

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From left to right Philipp Hartmann, Philipp Gerbert and Andreas Liebl (Unternehmertum).

It draws on the collective wisdom of leading AI academics, together the experience of senior executives leading AI programmes at some of Germany’s leading companies, from Porsche to Infineon, Allianz to Siemens, to name just a few. And it gives Odgers Berndtson as the strategic talent partner in one of the leading Applied AI Initiatives an opportunity to scan future leaders also for these important innovative competencies etc.

Artificial Intelligence for Boards. Gearing up for the future of business. Download report now.

AI is the game-changing element in digital transformation.

The report covers all the important aspects and issues of gearing up for AI. For example:

  • Why AI is different to previous technological advances, both in opportunity and risk.
  • How to assess your company’s existing AI maturity level.
  • The nine essential things every board member should know about AI.
  • Why AI demands cross-company close collaboration and a collective board effort.
  • The individual impacts on the CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, COO, CHRO, CMO/CSO.
  • The rise of the Chief AI and Data Officer (CAIDO).
  • The added responsibilities of the supervisory board.

Next steps on the AI journey?

The report also answers the question ‘what should we as leaders do next?’ When setting out to lead your company during the AI journey, we identify seven key imperatives that will help you create your own AI roadmap.

Artificial intelligence acts at an unprecedented speed and scale, and offers unparalleled opportunities. But it offers unprecedented risks too. This report will help you understand what it will take to make the most of that opportunity, whilst minimising the risks.

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‘Gearing up for AI’ Report: a guide to what every board member needs to know and do.

Read a research report on the impact of AI on board roles and how to prepare for the future of business.

Download now

To discuss the report and your leadership and talent requirements as you gear up for AI, please get in touch.



Markus Trost is Partner at Odgers Berndtson’s Global Tech Practice. He handles senior executive search assigments in tech companies and leadership positions with focus on technology and innovation. Markus holds a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering from KIT and a postgraduate education from Harvard Business School, INSEAD and IMD.

Emanuel Pfister is Principal at Odgers Berndtson. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson in 2014, he gained his first experiences in executive research during his studies and moved 2010 to a well-known Consultancy where he was responsible for executive search projects in the industry and automotive sectors. After completing a technical apprenticeship in Switzerland, Emanuel studied Politics, Sociology and Modern German Literature. He holds an M.A. from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Philipp Gerbert is Future Shaper of UnternehmerTUM and Director at appliedAI. Previous activities include many years as Senior Partner and Lead of Digital Strategy at BCG, Fellow for AI in Business at the BCG Henderson Institute, as well as a Partner at the McKenna Group in Silicon Valley. He holds a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Philipp Hartmann serves appliedAI as Director of AI Strategy. Prior to joining appliedAI, he spent four years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. Philipp holds a PhD from Technical University of Munich where he investigated factors of competitive advantage in Artificial Intelligence.

Andreas Liebl is Managing Director at UnternehmerTUM as well as appliedAI. Before joining UnternehmerTUM, he worked for McKinsey & Company for five years and completed his PhD at the Entrepreneurship Research Institute at the Technical University of Munich. He currently serves as an expert in the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) advising on innovation and commercialization of AI.