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Your hub for CEO Jobs

We have created the first CEO jobs hub online. Use this section of the site to:

- Search all the CEO jobs being advertised online: we have aggregated them

- Check potential vacancies where CEOs have announced their departure without a named successor

- Get Jobseeker tips – the headhunters to approach, how to go about the process, wider career tips from around the world

- Find the best networking events to create opportunities

Flick through the columns to the right using your finger on a touch screen or scroll across with a mouse by using the green bar below.

All the CEO jobs on the web - filtered by location
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1:1 support for the global CEO and additional support to the CFO as required. International management consultancy with a wide client base of many multi...

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Single Source Regulations Office - London

The Chief Executive will report to the Chair and will be accountable to the SSRO Board. Acting as Accounting Officer for the organisation to the UK Parliament,...

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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Norwich

We are looking for a world class, passionate and committed Chief Executive to lead us through what will be a challenging period as the health and care sector...

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Six figure remuneration - London

The Chief Executive must be a strong advocate of liberalisation and consumer protection, providing visible and dynamic leadership to further develop an...

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threesixty selection - Cheshire

Threesixty selection - Management & Executive Recruitment Practice. An opportunity has arisen for a talented, ambitious and commercially driven executive, who...

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Northern Ireland Civil Service - Belfast

The Northern Ireland Policing Board is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive. You are here:....

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The Bath BID - Bath

Your covering letter should explain to us why you want to be the Chief Executive of Bath BID and why you think you are the right candidate for the job....

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Charity Retail Association - London

Demonstrable track record of relevant senior management and leadership experience in the charity, commercial or not for profit sector - Demonstrable experience...

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Plan Zheroes - London

We have just received a significant grant from Esmée Fairbairn, which is enabling us to recruit a new Chief Executive, and a Technology and Community Manager....

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Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) - Belfast

Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors of NICIE is seeking an exceptional Chief Executive Officer who is a strong professional committed to the vision...

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A Rocha UK - Southall

The Christian Conservation organisation A Rocha UK needs an experienced and strategic leader to help take us on the next stage of our journey as an

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The Racing Foundation - Home Based

It does this by investing the Tote sale proceeds to generate investment income and using the income to make grants to charities.The Racing Foundation, Chief...

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Prostate Cancer UK - London

Our next Chief Executive will turn our strategy into a reality and will have the determination to ensure that by 2025, no man will die from prostate cancer....

Gordon Yates Limited - London

1:1 support for the global CEO and additional support to the CFO as required. International management consultancy with a wide client base of many multi...

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Rhug Estate - Corwen

Lord Newborough is looking for a CEO to take the business into the future. This is a new appointment for a growing and increasingly diverse business....

Tay Associates Ltd - London

Working in an ever changing environment, you will be adaptable and will be eager to step into a high profile, CEO support role....

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Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) - London

As such, they are now poised for a quantum leap forward and so their new Chief Executive will have plenty of scope for shaping the new charity's future....

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Bluetownonline Ltd - Darwen

Chief Executive Officer. This is an outstanding opportunity for a strong self-motivated, enthusiastic, and high achieving Chief Executive Officer....

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They are looking for an Executive Assistant to support the CEO in a fast paced, exciting environment. Receive and interact with all CEO incoming visitors....

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The role of Chief Executive of the BEC. Barking Enterprise Centre (BEC) is about to move to....

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Major CEO departures with no announced successor yet

Getting the top job
How to give yourself the best possible shot

As a former CEO headhunter and CEO confidant, Steve Tappin, our founder, is accustomed to helping CEOs get the top job. Here are his top tips:

Go direct yourself

The rising trend of going direct and bypassing the search firms and recruiters works both ways. It is also much easier to draw on social networks to find the relevant person to connect with a company and also draw on your personal network to contact them.

And if you’re not getting anywhere with the headhunter, don’t be afraid to go direct to the chairman or board members. Harriet Green, CEO of Thomas Cook, is a prime example of somebody who succeeded in spite of the executive search firms. She claims that they hold back talented senior women by focusing overly on certain set criteria: “Cut out the middle men,” she told me in her BBC CEO Guru interview. Talking about how she got the role at Thomas Cook, she described one headhunter she’d had contact with as being “unbelievably unhelpful”, adding, “Nobody approached me. I contacted the chairman and said: ‘I think you need me’. I’d never met him in my life.” Harriet, recommended using modern technology to contact chairmen, saying out that “one of the great things about governance is that all these people are known”.

NB Bear in mind that if an employer recruits you through a headhunter, they’re likely to have pay a 25% premium on your first year’s salary, so they may in fact prefer it if you contact them directly!

Get the insider due diligence on companies and leaders

As we witnessed with the travel industry, the internet is making companies’ reputation and culture much more visible and transparent. Jobseekers can use sites like to see “company reviews”, which give you an insider’s view on what it’s like to work in most major companies. They also include an approval rating for the CEO, which is a great measure for the quality of the company’s leadership.

And given that you may still need to engage a headhunter for the top-ranking jobs, it is helpful that it’s also easier to find who the relevant search firms are in the recruitment world, and to track down the industry mover and shakers.

Get yourself out there selectively and thoughtfully

If we recognize that there is much more passive recruitment activity taking place online, then the question is how best to ensure that companies and recruiters which are most relevant pick you up? It is important to have a North Star in mind of the likely industries, types of company, range of roles you would be interested and important that positioning and tone is reflected in your own line profiles.

Also how do you best set yourself apart, now that you’re competing in a global market of both active jobseekers and those who are not even looking for a job? Did you know that there are now 2.6 million people on LinkedIn who mentioned the phrase CEO somewhere on their profile, and 124,000 people globally who claim to be a current CEO or member of the executive team? So the key is to ensure that you optimize your online profile to get near the top of searches, and then that you find a way to stand out amongst the other potential candidates. The more LinkedIn connections you have to senior executives and recruiters, you higher you will appear on the list. Garnering “endorsements” from previous employers and other members of your network will also work in your favor.

Get a better radar – target corporations with job gaps

With lots of CEO vacancies not publicly advertised, how to read between the lines and work out where the upcoming opportunities might be in your industry before they are advertised? In the past, unless you were a recruitment professional, it was impossible to keep track of everybody who’s in and who’s out. Now, use the Vacant CEO Positions column to the left to identify potential openings, click on the departing CEO and use the site’s “My World - login with LinkedIn” functionality to find people in your network who can connect you into the company.

Magnify Your Personal Brand?

LinkedIn is now pretty much an indispensable job-hunting tool, with some firms requesting that candidates apply with a link to their LinkedIn profile rather than providing a CV. Also consider getting active on Twitter, which can allow you to connect with real-time industry discussions and get known as a thought leader in your sector. Twitter is also a great leveler, enabling you to send an @reply directly to any registered user and start a conversation. Finally, don’t forget to maximise your profile on World of CEOs with comments on any dossier we have written on you or – if you’re not on here yet – adding a self written profile (log in to My World and follow the instructions).

To avoid the risk that something you say on social media will limit or work against you, ensure that your contributions are always value-added and consistent with your North Star position and tone. Build your personal brand by commenting on stories of interest, by offering to write guest blog posts (or by starting your own), and also by building your profile in the physical world by attending industry conferences. Over time, as you succeed in your goal to become a “talent magnet”, more opportunities, such as unsolicited approaches, conference panel sessions and public speaking appearances will start to come your way.

One way to measure your sphere of influence is through ‘Klout’, which tracks engagement with your posts and comments across multiple social networks. Your ‘Klout Score’ out of 100 may become increasingly important in the future, particularly in marketing-related roles or CEO positions where you are expected to maintain a high public profile. A recent job posting for a community manager at Salesforce has already stipulated that anybody with a Klout score of less than 35 need not apply.

By Steve Tappin

Founder & Chairman, World of CEOs

Chief Executive, Xinfu

Host BBC CEO Guru

Steve is a personal confidant to many of the world’s top CEOs. He is the host of BBC ‘CEO Guru’, which features in-depth, on-the-record interviews with the CEOs of the biggest and fastest-growing companies. Founder of, Steve is also the author of ‘The Secrets Of CEOs’, which interviews 200 CEOs on business life and leadership.

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Best companies and individuals

Although CEO roles are increasingly being advertised online, most major CEO vacancies are still filled by a retained search firm.

The major firms generally have good coverage across geographies and verticals. They offer extensive systems and proprietary databases. They offer a professional a service, although we consider it to be imaginative and entrepreneurial only in pockets.
Our Top 10

1 - Egon Zehnder

- Founded in 1964
- Require consultants to have a post graduate degree and line experience of their field
- Reputed to team more closely and consistently than some of their peers
- 66 offices in 40 countries

+44 20 7493 3882

2 - Heidrick and Struggles

- Founded in 1953
- One of pioneering firms in the industry
- Listed on NASDAQ
- Specialist Global CEO & Board of Directors practice
- Has placed high profile CEOs, e.g. Eric Schmidt as CEO of Google in 2004
- Over 50 offices

Managing Partner, Board & CEO Practice EMEA
 +44 20 70754000

3 - Russell Reynolds Associates

- Global network with 41 offices
- Wide ranging partnerships include with Insead International Directors Programme, Yale School of Management's CEO summit
- Launched a Digital Transformation Practice in January 2013
- 42 offices worldwide

Managing Director
+44 20 7839 7788

4 - Korn/Ferry International

- Top 3 listed Headhunter
- Has been very active in building a leadership consulting business
-80 offices in 40 countries

Senior Client Partner
+44 20 7024 9000

5 - Boyden Global Executive Search

- "The only genuinely multicultural executive search firm"
- Over 70 offices

Partner, Executive Search
+44 207 389 9771

6 - Spencer Stuart

- Founded in 1956
- Historically has had a strong CEO practice
- Retained to find Scott Thompson's replacement at Yahoo

Co-Lead, European Board Practice
+44 20 72983333

7 - Odgers Berndtson

- UK focused global firm: 7 UK offices, 50 around the world

+44 20 7529 1111

8 - DHR International

- Founded 1989
- 50 offices around the world

Managing Director, Europe
 +44 1727 857755

9 - JCA Group

- Founded and led by led by Jan Hall who is increasingly being called on upon for some the the FTSE100's most prominent placements

Founding Partner
+44 20 7908 2711

10 - MWM Consulting

- Boutique founded and led by Anna Mann, long regarded as the leading CEO headhunter in London

+44 20 7484 1050

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Our Take
"A well-run global event with some good CEO speakers, though we’d like to see more to live up to the brand"

Organisers Description & Profile
This annual event is attended by some 400 global CEOs, tycoons, entrepreneurs, up–and–comers, capitalists and thought leaders.

As the world economy regains its footing, how can leaders of economic governance keep crisis at bay and put in motion the right policies that will bolster confidence among investors, companies and consumers? How can global CEOs and entrepreneurs take the reins and lead the pack with both speed and endurance? How can they strategize to be the first in the most promising markets and dominate? How should leaders who are facing voters run for power? 

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• Tickets cost $8,000 and include social events

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