Corporate Executive Board at a Glance


  • "'Make it happen' work ethic"
  • "Young crowd"


  • "Sometimes it feels a bit too much like a school fraternity"
  • "Micromanagement"

The Buzz

  • "Good brand recognition"
  • "Fluffy; just research, no insights"
  • "Young, friendly atmosphere"
  • "Cold calls"

About Corporate Executive Board

Safety in numbers

The largest network of major executives in the world, The Corporate Executive Board draws on its collective brainpower so members "avoid reinventing the wheel" when solving similar problems other CEB members may have already overcome.  CEB is a membership-based organization that provides best practices research, decision support tools, meetings and executive education seminars (in person and online) focusing on corporate strategy, operations and general management issues.  For a fixed annual membership fee, corporate, government and nonprofit members subscribe to one or more of the company's programs on areas covering corporate finance, financial services, human resources, information technology, innovation and operations, legal issues and corporate governance, sales and marketing, and strategy and management. 

Founded in 1979 as the Research Council of Washington, then renamed as The Advisory Board Company in 1983, CEB's network now boasts more than 5,100 participating members and includes 85 percent of the Fortune 500, more than 60 percent of the world's top-300 financial institutions and members in more than 50 countries; around a third of the firm's revenue comes from international members.  Generally, CEB's clients break down into two groups: large companies with annual revenue of at least $750 million and midmarket enterprises with annual revenue of between $50 million and $750 million, though the membership list also includes non-profit organizations.

Spreading the wealth

CEB's membership-based model means two things: For CEB, it can glean information from its wide-ranging membership to produce up-to-date best practice and performance data on and for its members.  For CEB members, meanwhile, the shared cost research model means they get similar information to what they would receive from premier strategy consulting firms, but at a fraction of the cost.  The average annual membership fee is around $30,000, although this varies depending on the size of the company.  For those bucks, CEB promises its members a whole lot of bang, offering "four unique assets" that include an extensive global network of peer executives, "unrivalled" best practices and data, unlimited service from CEB's 1700-plus employees throughout the year, and unbiased advice.

Companies can choose from CEB's seven practice areas, which include more than 40 different membership programs.  In the course of a year, CEB staff creates and distribute hundreds of new strategic research studies, hold hundreds of membership meetings and provide several thousand on-site executive education sessions.  Subscriptions also cover CEB-produced studies and briefs, "decision-support tools," access to CEB's newly developed web-based research and networking tools, support from its account management teams and executive education seminars.  Members cannot normally access information in programs to which they don't belong, but the firm tries to accommodate them if the request is isolated. 



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Corporate Executive Board

1919 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (571) 303-3000
Fax: (571) 303-3100
Vault ID: 1775


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: EXBD
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • CEO: Thomas L. Monahan III
  • 2010 Employees: 1,700

Major Office Locations

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Scotsdale, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Rochester, NY
  • West Chester, PA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New Delhi, India
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Key Financials

  • 2010 Revenue: $439 million

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