Trends by Function: CEOs and Presidents

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key trends for CEOs and presidents in 2021.

CEOs and presidents—who led their companies and business units through last year’s uncertainty—are now turning their eyes back toward growth. To help achieve their grand visions, they’re tapping high-end independent talent to serve as interim leaders, develop robust marketing strategies and financial models, and manage complex M&A workstreams.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: CEOs and Presidents

52% Strategy
23% Interim Executive
13% Operations
6% Transformation
6% Organization

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Interim Leadership

Marketing and Sales

M&A

Product Strategy and Launch

Planning

Human Capital

Manufacturing Excellence

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Modeling

Financial Controls, Accounting, and Audit

Strategic Planning

Growth Strategy

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Post-Merger Integration

Product Development

Brand Strategy

Acquisitions

SAMPLE PROJECTS REQUESTED BY CEOs AND PRESIDENTS

  • Serve as an interim CEO of a joint venture, reporting to parent companies’ leadership teams
  • Lead integration workstreams for a cross-border acquisition
  • Navigate regulatory agency approval processes in multiple regions for a new product line
  • Formulate mid- to long-term financial plans and develop pricing policies for specific business lines

 

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