Heidrick & Struggles: Global Route to the Top 2019 Examines the Changing Profile of CEOs

NEW CEO REPORT: Route to the Top 2019

"The job of the CEO continues to expand, and the skills required for the role today are quite different than a decade ago," said Jeff Sanders, Vice Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of the global CEO & Board Practice, Heidrick & Struggles.

Additional findings from the global Route to the Top 2019 report include:

  • More than three quarters of all CEOs (76%) had previous C-suite experience.
  • Twenty-four percent of all CEOs included in the report had no previous C-suite experience before being appointed to the CEO role.
  • The average tenure of CEOs globally is six years, and the average age at appointment is 50.
  • There is a 59-year difference between the youngest and oldest CEOs in the report.


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