Heidrick & Struggles: Route to the Top 2021

Heidrick & Struggles report, Route to the top, analyzes the profiles of 1,095 CEOs at the largest publicly listed companies in 24 markets. 

The results have found that companies are going back to a more expansive view of CEO succession. There has been a steady increase of CEOs appointed internally. Additionally, the report reveals that the share of women CEOs appointed in the same period doubled. 13% of all CEOs appointed in the first half of 2021 were women, compared to 6% in the previous six months. While this is an improvement, these numbers are still extremely low. 

The report explores a multitude of data and has found a return to pre-pandemic trends. The article covers the following: 

  • A turn back toward pre-pandemic trends

  • The changing of the guard: New CEOs compared to their predecessors

  • Looking Ahead


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