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.

E-commerce has come a long way since the introduction of the virtual shopping cart. Ever-advancing technology and the rapidly growing number of mobile devices present an ongoing e-commerce opportunity in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business spaces. In light of the continued proliferation of e-commerce, coupled with the rising customer demand for mobile shopping experiences and potentially game-changing intelligence from big data, many companies are refining how they structure their sales function. As a result, they are also reevaluating the leadership skills they need to maximize the channel and related developments as part of their overall go-to-market strategies.

HR executive searches have been in high demand by organizations worldwide. Boyden’s Leadership Series recently interviewed Catherine Gray, Principal of Boyden Chicago, to discuss the current hiring trends for Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) and what qualities are most sought after by top executive search firms hiring CHROs. The full interview, and a feature on Dean Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer of Sears Holdings, is available at www.boyden.com.

According to the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ (AESC) Q3 State of the Industry report, the technology sector  held a year-on –year increase of +12.3% in executive searches.
BlueSteps spoke to Technology expert Connie Adair, CEO from Taylor Winfield, Inc. to find some industry insights into why technology is booming.
BlueSteps: Many thanks for taking the time to speak with the AESC/BlueSteps about technology industry-related trends in executive search. Could you tell us about the search firm you come from and the work you do there?

Connie Adair: Retained; main vertical is technology; C-Suite

The financial services industry is currently undergoing tremendous change. Based on AESC statistics, the financial services sector, which used to be ranked as the number one industry for executive search, is now the third largest industry, occupying 17% of the search market, behind the industrial and consumer products sectors.

With the challenges faced by financial services, what opportunities are there for search consultants and senior executives?

"As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future." -Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi has been listed as one of the most influential, or the most influential female CEOs for the past six years in Forbes Fortune 500. At a time when the executive search industry, corporations, governments, and the public are viewing it as more important than ever to increase the number of women in executive roles, it seems appropriate to examine the successes of one of the most significant business women in the world today.

Jeffrey S. Sanders, Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of the North American CEO Practice for Heidrick & Struggles, an AESC member executive search and leadership consulting firm, recently analyzed the careers of all current Fortune 500 CEOs in an article at Forbes.com.

Aspiring CEOs need to create a path for themselves to become a potential CEO candidate. What does this path look like?

While many feel that a senior executive doing basic tasks creates a sense that they are ‘all in it together’, Melba Duncan, author of the article ‘The Case for Executive Assistants’, argues against this in a recent discussion for Harvard Business Review. In this article we have gathered the key points raised by Ms. Duncan in the discussion, the full video of which can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
Why are Executive Assistants so important?

Insider-outsiders – internal employees who have maintained an outsider's objectivity and drive for change – are often considered the ideal candidates for CEO jobs, but how can you gain that mentality? John L Bower, professor at Harvard Business School, outlined the questions you should be asking yourself to get to the CEO executive position, and here are our top 5 (see full video below):
Why are you being hired?