Head of Analytics, Big DataWith the amount of data within organizations continuing to grow exponentially, having someone in place who can effectively make sense of it all and develop and maintain key business intelligence (BI) reporting frameworks and tools has never been more critical. This executive must have advanced information management and analytical skills, as well as business expertise – essentially “data scientists” who can find nuggets of insight like needles in a haystack. Multichannel Director, Retail These strategic executives possess a mix of web and traditional retailing expertise, enabling them to take a more holistic view of online commercial challenges. Skills and competencies required for the role include social media expertise, an understanding of buyer behavior and experience of the transactional logistics of managing the online retail experience. It is important to be able to take a holistic perspective of the customer journey so the retailer can effectively integrate the various components. VP Cloud Services This role is especially hot for tech and services companies looking to cloud-enable their product/service offerings so they don’t miss the emergence of this fast growth market space. Responsible for the development of the next generation of software and services delivered on demand over the Internet via remote data centers, executives in demand are P&L, technology and product leaders who have worked in a cloud business that managed to make money and be positioned for future growth. The creation of this type of position within a firm has the potential to fundamentally change the way products and services are delivered to clients and consumers, providing greater flexibility, ease of use, and a better price point. FINANCIAL SERVICES Compliance Manager Today’s strong regulatory environment means that companies need compliance teams capable of protecting their alignment with complex laws, including Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act and ObamaCare. Infrastructure hiring – of risk, financial, audit, compliance, legal, technology and operational executives – will continue in 2013 in response to regulatory requirements.