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- 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

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This EA / Executive Assistant role may also involve some ad hoc personal work for the CEO. The EA / Executive Assistant to the CEO will need to be efficient,...

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The Welsh National Sailing Academy is seeking a CEO. Please email us by following the instructions at the bottom of this page....

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Interim Chief Executive / Fundraising Director. MediCinema are seeking outstanding candidates for the post of interim (maternity cover) Chief Executive /...

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EA to CEO. EA to CEO (Executive Assistant). As the EA, you will be supporting the CEO in London and where required the joint CEO in Abu Dhabi....

1:1 EA - CEO (Search firm with a difference..)
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We need an experienced Search EA to support their inspiring CEO. Although the CEO does not get directly involved with the searches, they do have an overview of...

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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
"One of the best academic business forums in China"

Organisers Description & Profile
The annual CKGSB Sanya Forum is an exclusive gathering of alumni, business leaders, academics and visionaries from China and around the world. The weekend conference is held at the tropical resort city of Sanya on southern China's Hainan Island. The conference generates powerful new insights into the changing face of business in China as well as its impact on the global economy.

About the host
Cheng Kong School of Business is one of the leading business schools in China. Founded in Beijing in November 2002 by Li Ka-shing, Asia's most successful entrepreneur, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is China's first private, non-profit,and independent business school. Headquartered in Beijing with campuses in Shanghai and Guangzhou,CKGSB offers MBA, EMBA, and executive education programs. CKGSB's mission is to generate world-class insights on management theory and practice and to develop leaders for a new era of global business in China and beyond. The Dean, Xang Bing, is a professor of accounting but is also recognised authority on business and leadership.

Key Speakers / Features
Leading Chinese entrepreneurs, many from CK's alumni. Specific line-up to be released at a future date.

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