I just discovered the website, The Official Board, when I was trying to find the corporate organizational structure of a very large multi-national Fortune 500 company. I read a couple of the company’s 10Ks and 8Ks, searched the web, searched LinkedIn, etc. and was still having difficulty making sense of what the major divisions of that corporation were and what sub-divisions report into what and who. I, admittedly, was getting frustrated. I could find the names at the top and what departments or divisions they were directly responsible for but I could not figure out who were their direct reports … or what sub-divisions they managed. Perhaps you’ve had a similar problem?
There are a number of instances when you need to know the corporate structure. If you are seeking a partnership with or strategic investment from a large corporation, knowing who to talk to and why can help you make inroads fast. Or if you would like to do business with a Fortune 1,000 company, you want to know what department or division you should approach…or who within the company you should approach. Otherwise, you could flounder around for months trying to get to the right person, putting your business expansion plans on hold (at least with that company).
Check out The Official Board. I think it’s a wonderful resource. And it’s free for up to 15 searches. It shows the overall corporate structure including the top level corporate executive management team, the next tier of executive management, and the vice presidents that report into them. It also shows who is on the Board of Directors.
Let me know what you think or if you have other resources we should check out.