From the Board Room to the Corner Office

Choosing a CEO is a key role of boards, and increasingly they're tapping one of their own. The number of directors-turned-CEO tripled in the past year, according to recruiter Heidrick & Struggles. Here are some named in 2009-2010

CEO: Daniel Akerson

Company: General Motors

Tenure as Director: 1.1 years

CEO: Fred Chang

Company: Newegg

Tenure as Director: 9.6 years

CEO: Alan Bennett

Company: H&R Block

Tenure as Director: 1.8 years

CEO: Douglas Tough

Company: International Flavors & Fragrances

Tenure as Director: 1.4 years

CEO: William McCracken

Company: CA Technologies

Tenure as Director: 5 years

CEO: Michael Carpenter

Company: Ally Financial (formerly GMAC)

Tenure as Director: .5 years

CEO: J. Raymond Elliott

Company: Boston Scientific

Tenure as Director: 1.9 years

CEO: Jay Johnson

Company: General Dynamics

Tenure as Director: 6.2 years

CEO: Patti Hart

Company: IGT

Tenure as Director: 2.8 years

CEO: David Dyer

Company: Chico's FAS

Tenure as Director: 1.8 years

Data: Heidrick & Struggles' Global CEO and Board Practice

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