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Boards Hone in on Sector-Specific Candidates as Economic Factors and Regulatory Compliance Increase Risk; AESC Study Finds Strategic Skills Still Dominate

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: How to Attain a Top Board Seat, featuring Monica Burton, from Witt/Kieffer and Bob Pearson, from Pearson Partners International.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

Whether you are an aspiring board director or a current member of a board, it is vital that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date, board appropriate and utilized effectively to maximize your board career opportunities. LinkedIn is a great tool for board directors as it can help you share updates about your organization, allow you to follow influencers in your industry, connect with fellow board members, and be found by those conducting board searches.
 

The AESC BlueSteps survey of 778 executives was conducted in September 2013 and included responses from CEOs, CFOs, Board Members, Senior VPs, VPs and other management worldwide, including 53 percent from the Americas, 35 percent from EMEA and 12 percent from Asia/Pacific.

“This BlueSteps report highlights the inconsistencies in perception about C-suite executives, in contrast to the high profile cases of robust corner office salaries,” said Peter Felix, President and CEO of AESC. “On the contrary, for most senior executives in our survey salary increases and bonuses have only modestly begun to rise after the financial crisis.”

In observance of the official American Business Women's Day on September 22nd, BlueSteps devoted the entire month of September to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to women in business, from gender diversity on boards, to work-life balance, to obtaining your next opportunity. This programming is only an extension of what BlueSteps and the Association of Executive Search Consultants are committed to throughout each year, but it is an official recognition for all the women who make a difference in the workplace across the world.

Women in BusinessWomen have had an uphill battle to shatter that glass ceiling. The evidence now shows that companies are increasing the numbers of women holding executive positions in their organizations.
 
The number of women on corporate boards is increasing, but only about 3% of public companies analyzed in a 2012 study by GMI Ratings Inc. (which surveyed 3,000 companies), have more than three women on their boards.