# ...sat on 1.9 boards

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##### Senior Member
Suppose that a hundred members, between them, sat on 190 boards. Then each member sat on 1.9 boards as a statistical average.

#### JulianStuart

##### Senior Member
The word board refers back to the "supervisory-board" earlier in the sentence. This covers the category including "Board of directors", "Board of supervisors", "Board of governors" etc, who have supervisory responsibility for managing public compamies. A person who is a member of one board (for a specific company) is often also a member of another board and some people are members of the board of many companies, some of three or four or five such "boards".

#### j29682896

##### Senior Member

So" in 2003 the average supervisory-board member at a public company sat on 1.9 boards; now the figure is 1.6." means that a supervisory-member at a public company may be a supervisory-member of 1.6 companies. Am I right?

#### Barque

##### Banned
It means that on average, a board member at a public company now sits on the board of 1.6 companies.

An example:

Let's say that last year, you and Keith were each members of the boards of two companies, while Julian and I were each on the boards of three companies.

On average, each of us sat on 2.5 boards. We get that average by dividing ten (the total number of companies) by the four of us.

If both Julian and I resign from the board of one of our respective companies this year, the average comes down to 2 - that's eight companies divided by the four of us.

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