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Korn Ferry releases list of Most In-Demand C-Level Positions for 2015

To arrive at the list, Korn Ferry queried its senior executive search consultants in October and November 2014. Listed positions are at the C-level and based upon Korn Ferry’s incoming executive search requests from across the globe, as well as a composite of qualitative forecasts and analysis by its senior search consultants.

According to the firm’s expert search consultants, the top five most in-demand executive positions for 2015, spanning all industries, are as follows: Chief Commercial (Revenue) Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Cyber Security Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer.

The complete list of the top 15 can be found below, while an expanded report can be found on the Korn Ferry Institute website.

Concurrent with the announcement of the most in-demand positions, the firm also issued results from its latest executive poll revealing that twenty-nine percent (29%) believe that healthcare will be the sector with the most robust executive hiring in 2015, ahead of new media/social media (20%) and cyber security/risk management (18%).

According to Bob Damon, Executive Chairman, Americas of Korn Ferry, “These positions are in high demand because they represent four underlying global business trends: the need to increase revenue growth heightened awareness and greater vigilance surrounding issues of privacy and security the need to create deep engagement with customers and finally, major changes in the healthcare industry.”

Referencing the executive survey, Mr. Damon continued, “While healthcare is expected to be the hottest sector for executive hiring overall, we expect demand for these top 15 C-level positions to continue to grow, largely because they are being filled in a broad cross-section of industries. For example, you will find demand for a Chief Innovation Officer not just in the technology sector, but in areas like manufacturing, healthcare, retail, consumer goods, finance, and pretty much every industry worldwide.”

The complete list of Korn Ferry’s “Top 15 for 2015” is as follows. Other than the top five, which represent the highest demand executive positions for 2015, the rest of the list appears in no particular order:

•             Chief Commercial (Revenue) Officer

•             Chief Innovation Officer

•             Chief Digital Officer

•             Chief Cyber Security Officer

•             Chief Sustainability Officer

•             Chief Executive Officer

•             Chief Human Resource Officer

•             Chief Information Officer

•             Chief Technology Officer

•             Chief Medical Officer

•             Chief Risk Officer

•             COO, Manufacturing

•             COO, Energy

•             Chief Marketing Officer

•             Executive Director of Development/Funding
From November 10 to November 18, Korn Ferry surveyed 367 executives. Results are as follows:

Q. What sector do you think will be the hottest for executive positions in 2015?






New media/social media





Cyber security/risk management










Sales, marketing, development



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