Trends by Function: CEOs and Presidents

Each year, Business Talent Group releases our High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy independent consultants, executives, experts, and project managers to complete critical work and meet their goals. Here are the top trends in how CEOs and presidents deployed these highly skilled talent in 2020.

Independent consultants are serving major companies at the very highest levels. In fact, the use of independent talent by CEOs and business unit presidents more than doubled since our last analysis, fueled by projects ranging from interim engagements to specialized strategic advice in areas like manufacturing controls and sales excellence.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: CEOs and Presidents

50% Strategy
26% Interim Executive
14% Operations
9% Transformation
1% Organization

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

Interim Executive

Marketing and Sales Strategy

Product Strategy and Launch

Planning

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Business Processes

IT and Tech Transformation

Opportunity Assessment

 

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Project Management

Market Analysis

Advanced Analytics

Due Diligence

Marketing Communications

Product Development and Launch

Strategic Planning

 

SAMPLE PROJECTS REQUESTED BY CEOs AND PRESIDENTS

  • Serve as interim CTO to oversee AWS migration, product development lifecycle, and big data solutions
  • Suggest improvements to the sales and conversion funnel to avoid a significant miss on annual targets
  • Deliver a 10-year roadmap outlining organic growth opportunities in the core business and potential brand expansions
  • Prepare an operational integration plan for the post-merger phase of an impending acquisition
  • Serve as interim Chief of Staff to CEO to assist with major initiatives, organizational design, project management, and goal tracking

 

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