Published On: Wed, Jun 17th, 2015

Average Director Age Creeps Higher

Corporate boardrooms are going gray.

The average age of directors at companies in the S&P 1500 index rose to 64 last year, according to a study by compensation-research firm Equilar. The age of directors rose steadily since 2007, when the median age of directors was around 61, the firm said.

The financial and utilities sectors had the oldest corporate directors, while the technology and services sectors had the youngest, Equilar found.  Directors of small cap companies are also historically younger than directors of large-cap companies.

Aging corporate boardrooms are a result of companies more frequently filling positions with older directors and current directors are staying on boards for a longer period of time, Equilar said. The median age of newly-hired directors last year was 57, while in 2007 it was between 55 and 56.

Financial firms also had directors with the longest average tenures.

Ages of corporate directors for the companies in the index ranged from 30 to 95, Equilar said. Ralph Roberts, founder and Chairman Emeritus of cable and entertainment company Comcast Corp. is the oldest corporate director, serving on the board since 1969. He also served as president of the company for more than two decades, and is the father of current CEO Brian Roberts


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