CTPartners Executive Search Inc. (AMEX: CTP), the performance-driven executive search firm, today released its 17th annual list of hot executive jobs. Despite uncertainty caused by the Eurozone debt crisis and a slow-growth U.S. economy, the 2011 report finds executive hiring to be strong in key sectors. CTPartners CEO Brian Sullivan said, “To an unprecedented extent, CEOs are dancing in the dark, heading into an election year in a sputtering global economy, yet required to set goals and be accountable. The leaders who can find the right balance between caution and confidence aren’t easy to find, but they do exist and boards are on the hunt for them.” The CTPartners report includes 39 jobs that will be in high demand during 2012. Following are brief excerpts from the full report that is available at http://www.ctnet.com/uploadedFiles/The_Firm/Insight/CTPartners_2012%20Hot%20Jobs%20Report.pdf. IPOS: LOTS OF MONEY FOR THE RIGHT DEALS In 2010, venture investments in U.S. companies totaled $27.6 billion; the first half of 2011 saw $14.3 billion – on track to match 2010 with predictions that Silicon Valley is back and quality startups abound. The problem: two-thirds of IPOs launched in 2011 in the U.S. are trading below their issue price (Dealogic). Three hot jobs in the venture capital sector: CEO, portfolio company, especially executives with consumer/Internet experience; VP, Consumer Internet; VP, Digital Media IS YOUR HR EXECUTIVE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A CEO? In 2011, CTPartners identified a major shift in Human Resources leading to a radically revamped role for HR organizations in the next ten years. Boards want HR executives capable of being strategic partners. Three jobs on the rise: Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO); VP, Talent Development; VP, HR, especially strategy-focused executives GLOBAL-SOCIAL-MOBILE ON A TABLET IN THE CLOUD: TECH IN 2012 The global mobile applications market is projected to reach $58 billion by 2014 from $15 billion in 2011 (Gartner). Social media is expected to reach $10.3 billion in 2011;by 2015 revenues could hit $29 billion (Gartner). In addition, the global cloud computer market is hot…and led by the iPad, the ubiquitous tablet eclipsed PC sales in 2011, on the way to $35 billion in sales by 2012 (J.P. Morgan Analyst group).
Three hot digital jobs: Digital Internet Chief; Consumer Internet Chief; VP, Cloud TechnologiesDIRECT CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS DRIVE RETAILERS AND EVERYONE ELSE Fast growth in online sales – $162 billion in 2011 vs. $142 billion from 2004-2010 – and the recognition by brick and mortar retailers that they are still behind the curve in e-commerce are increasing the numbers of executives dedicated to the digital world. Three hot jobs in e-commerce: General Manager or Head of Online Operations; Head of Digital Business; Retail Executive, consumer Internet experience GROWTH STRATEGIES OCCUPY WALL STREET The European sovereign debt crisis, regulatory uncertainties, Basel III capital requirements, litigation risk, wild swings in the markets, SEC probes into insider trading and Occupy Wall Street made 2011 a tough year for banks and securities firms. Yet, opportunities exist and the need for revenue growth will spur hiring where people are the differentiators. Key positions: Emerging Payments Officer; Global Macro, Absolute Return and Credit Investment Professional; Matrix and Systematic Futures Trader; Chief Compliance Officer HEALTHCARE TALENT GAP U.S. pharma, biotech and medical devices companies are experiencing significant shortages of leadership talent and expertise in global regulatory affairs. Executives have superior technical/medical skills and experience but are new to running global organizations. Three jobs in demand: President, NA (for Asian companies); VP, Global Regulations & Quality Affairs; CMIO, Clinical Informatics THE X-FACTOR IN MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT Social recommendation and engagement with broadcast content is becoming the natural evolution of water cooler conversation as viewers increasingly multi-task on electronic devices while watching TV. As some experts conclude that all television viewing will be social in the future, broadcasters are starting to focus on creating direct relationships with their viewers. Three hot jobs in media and entertainment: Director of Audience Insight and Technologies; VP, Customer Experience; Head of Data Planning and Analysis THE BOARD THAT REFRESHES The new Board of Directors is freer of cronyism, engaged in the business and open to diversity… [and] we expect a higher percentage of the 1100 directors now age 70 and older to be succeeded by diverse candidates, especially among the many well-qualified female candidates awaiting their first board appointment.
Hot board positions: Director, Audit Committee; Director, Risk Management background; Director, Treasury experienceAbout CTPartners CTPartners is a leading performance-driven executive search firm serving clients across the globe. Committed to a philosophy of partnering with its clients, CTPartners offers a proven record in C-Suite, senior executive, and board searches, as well as expertise serving private equity and venture capital firms. With origins dating back to 1980, CTPartners serves clients with a global organization of more than 400 professionals and employees, offering expertise in board advisory services and executive recruiting services in the financial services, life sciences, industrial, professional services, retail and consumer, and technology, media and telecom industries. Headquartered in New York, CTPartners has 24 offices in 15 countries.