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You’d need to have spent six months living on the moon to have avoided hearing talk of China’s economic slowdown. China’s new normal has been providing headlines for much of 2015. While China’s growth rate is still good by global standards, it’s nonetheless a big drop in the context of an economy as big and powerful as China. Let’s take a look at the possible impacts of China’s slowdown on executive jobs. No doubt China’s new normal will have an impact on executive employment, but the effects will be uneven and will impact expatriate executives, returning Chinese, and local executives differently.
 

BlueSteps chats with AESC executive search consultants about the latest trends for CFOs and finance executives. In this article, we focus on the current outlook for the CFO role accross the globe. Download the full white paper, "Executive Search & Career Forecast: Inside the Chief Financial Officer Role" for more.

James Langston and Julie Kanak, Diversified Search/AltoPartners, USA

BlueSteps chats with AESC executive search consultants about the latest trends for CFOs and finance executives. In this article, we focus on whether or not it's possible for CFOs to make the transition to CEO. Download the full white paper, "Executive Search & Career Forecast: Inside the Chief Financial Officer Role" for more.

cfo_career_white_paper-coverJames Langston and Julie Kanak, Diversified Search/AltoPartners, USA

There is no better time to be a CIO than now. If there is one role in the executive suite that will have impact in the next five years it is that of the IT leader.

PWC put out a study which said that the top five concerns of CEO are: Security, Analytics, Mobility, Cloud and IoT (Internet of Things). They are ALL technology related. If this isn’t a huge opportunity for the CIO, then I don’t know what is! 

CIOs have the ability to drive both the top and bottom lines of an organization – we just have to take the opportunity that currently presents itself, get our ideas out, and be effective players in the leadership team. It’s all about adding value and the art of the possible.

This article addresses what CIOs can do about the top line.
 

BlueSteps chats with Matt Comyns, Global Cyber Security Practice Leader at Russell Reynolds Associates, about the latest trends for technology executives in the CIO, CTO and CISO roles. Download the full white paper, Executive Search & Career Forecast: Evolving Technology and Security Roles.

What trends are you witnessing in the technology function as it relates to executive search?

BlueSteps chats with Paul Chau, Senior Client Partner, Global Technology Market at Korn Ferry, about the latest trends for technology executives in the CIO, CTO and CISO roles. Download the full white paper, Executive Search & Career Forecast: Evolving Technology and Security Roles.

How would you describe the outlook for technology executives in Hong Kong and the greater China region?

The 2015 BlueSteps Job Outlook Report just released by Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, shows that 72.4 percent of management-level professionals worldwide feel more optimistic about their career opportunities for 2015, an increase of 21.4 percentage points compared to the previous year. 88.2 percent of management-level professionals responded that they are open to new opportunities in 2015.

The last few years have seen increased Japanese investment in South-East Asia and India, spurred on in part by turbulent domestic economic conditions in Japan and ongoing geopolitical tension with China. The impact is being felt in boardrooms across the region.

Edward Lorenz coined the term the butterfly effect to refer to how small changes in weather patterns can lead to more significant changes over time. When Chinese/Japanese relations deteriorated in the wake of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute, few could predict that it would lead to a surge in growth in South-East Asia, but the effect is clear. So strong is the connection, you could call it the Japan effect

Cybercrime has become a major issue for many consumer products and services organizations around the world. In the United States, security breaches are now a common occurrence for several top retailers, including Target, Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Nike, Walgreens and others. How these organizations will successfully navigate these issues is yet to be seen, but one solution has been to hire new executive talent to lead their cybersecurity and press strategies.

While Spain has grabbed headlines for economic troubles and high unemployment rates, there are signs that there is now greater possibility for executive talent


Back in 2008 and 2009, Spain was hit particularly hard by the Global Financial Crisis. It had invested significant amounts in property redevelopment, and when the recession hit the consequences were great. The country, along with many other Southern European countries, struggled with high unemployment rates and public unrest, before being caught up in the Eurozone Crisis.