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New opportunities for female executives to become board directors are on the rise, but how can female executives best position themselves for when they appear? In today’s highly competitive business environment, it has never been more vital that female executives receive the best possible advice and information to secure their positions as board directors, and prevent themselves from getting stuck beneath the infamous glass ceiling. According to Catalyst’s 2012 census, only 16.6% of board seats are being taken up by women; it is clear that if you want to join this percentage, you must gain as much first-hand knowledge as you can.

Exceptional findings from a recent BlueSteps survey reveal that senior-level marketing executives are concerned about the impact new technologies have on the role of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). The survey demonstrated that many executives (68%) believe that their marketing teams are not equipped to handle the fast-paced changes in digital marketing; and as a result, those executives who learn how to adapt will be best positioned for new executive opportunities.

Are you currently searching for your next senior-level executive job? Do you have questions that you would like to ask expert resume writers or career coaches?

The role of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) changed rapidly over the last few years. This has been due to numerous factors including the emergence of new digital marketing channels and the recent focus on data-driven results. The 2013 Future of the CMO Role Survey was conducted to learn more about the current conditions for global executives in the senior marketing function.
 

Digital transformation has rapidly altered the responsibilities of executives in every function imaginable, from CMOs to CFOs, and of course CIOs. Information Age Magazine recently posted this article about how countless organizations are asking their CIOs to provide strategic guidance for ‘digital’ technology.
 

Whether you are already a Chief Technology Officer, or aspiring to become one, it is important to understand how an executive job search works for a tech position and the forecasts for the future of these positions. What opportunities, threats and risks face the technology industry?
 
All businesses, no matter the size, industry or corporate model, have been affected by the constant, rapid changes of the digital world and its impact on business. As an aspiring CTO/CIO, or as an already established CTO/CIO, this constant change is particularly relevant. It is paramount that you are up-to date with the latest innovations and certainly looking beyond these to embrace your own innovative ideas to share.
 

At one time, capable executives could reasonably expect to build and maintain a healthy career without having particularly strong expertise in technology. (Unless, of course, they wanted to be successful CTOs or CIOs!) Not anymore. The advent and explosive growth of the digital age has transformed the game, probably forever.
 
I was going to use the decline of the buggy whip industry as an illustration here, but online research showed me that this analogy is a bit off base. For example, one article indicated that companies that survived the emergence of the automotive industry most successfully were those able to adapt their technology for use with automobiles. Presumably, their executives saw a path that would position their companies for survival—and took it.
 

Being a member of a board of directors is a sought after position for many senior-level executives. Limited seats are available on boards, which means competition for membership is high, thus senior-level executives have to be well qualified in order to be shortlisted as a candidate.
 
Expert retained executive search professionals, who fill such positions on a regular basis, tend to advise potential candidates to follow five key strategies. For an insight into some of these, see the below points. View the full webinar for the full list and expanded commentary.
 
1. Make Yourself Known!
Keeping up with the rapid changes of today’s various industries can be difficult for executives, even those working in that specific industry. The "Fast Executive Trends" series provides industry-specific trends and recommendations for executives both inside and outside of that specific industry. This post covers the projected trends in the luxury consumer products industry and how industry players can alter their strategies for a successful 2014.
 
Luxury Expanding Worldwide
BlueSteps is pleased to announce a partnership with IE, one of the world’s top-ranked providers of executive education, offering BlueSteps members an exclusive scholarship opportunity towards the IE Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Strategy.