A thought leader and former C-level executive, and now an accomplished trusted advisor to boards, CEOs and executive teams, Johanne Bouchard “The Leadership Whisperer”, is an expert in governance strategy, board dynamics and board composition for public, private, and non-profit boards. Passionate about exemplary leadership and governance, Johanne is a worldwide published author, a blogger, and speaker.
Her career has spanned technology (having earned her degree in computer engineering), marketing, worldwide strategy, international market expansion, and globalization.’’ Johanne assists her clients in achieving optimal board effectiveness and composition inclusive of board diversity. She is an active advocate for women on boards and is a member of 2020 Women on Boards’ Board of Leaders and its San Francisco Bay Area Leadership Committee.
Twenty-five years in the high technology industry, database, unstructured-data and AI expert, Johanne has launched a great number of high technology companies in Europe, Asia, Japan, and Australia. She was instrumental in helping to lead fast-growing Fortune 300 manufacturers and software companies to be more efficient worldwide. And she has led the repositioning of several public and private corporations. Clients have included leading brands such as Sun Microsystems, Compaq, Dell, Adaptec, Conner Peripherals/Seagate, Visio/Microsoft, Saleslogix, Platinum Corporation, Documentum/EMC, and ATG/Oracle among others. She’s worked in positions of VP Marketing, VP International, and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) leading teams around the world within private and public companies, and she’s worked as a management consultant and as a serial entrepreneur. Johanne is a pioneer, having self-funded and founded three management consulting businesses. One such company was BOSS (Bouchard On Strategic Services), the first boutique consulting firm in Silicon Valley focused on international market development and globalization. She grew BOSS into a multi-million dollar business.
Johanne is an advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, particularly for young women, and has volunteered her time to work with STEM students at her alma mater, York University, in Toronto, Canada. She is also a mentor in Big Sky, Montana for Big Sky Young Professional Mentoring Program. Additionally, Johanne is passionate about patients’ rights, having served on Stanford Hospital’s first Cancer Center Patient Advisory Council.
Johanne’s work has been published in the National Association of Corporate Directors’ publication, Directorship, (“Advice for Effective Board Mergers,” co-authored with Ken Smith, Sept/Oct 2014; en français: “Pour une fusion de conseils efficace”) and in the UK-based Ethical Boardroom (“Strategic Approaches to Board Composition,” Autumn 2015 – available in English & French; “Achieving Higher Board Effectiveness” and “Rebuilding Trust in Big Business,” both in the Summer 2016 issue). Johanne authored “How can technological advances help Boards of Directors grasp the ins and outs of an organisation,” published by Sherpany, Zurich. She contributed a bi-weekly business column to Explore Big Sky, a newspaper serving the year-round and seasonal residents of Big Sky, Montana, from 2014-2015, which she compiled into a complimentary eBook called “The Corner Office.”