*CEOs who hold more than one postgraduate degree have been counted several times depending on the number of postgraduate degrees they have.
of the ASX 200-listed CEOs have worked internationally
*CEOs who have worked in multiple regions have been counted several times accounting for the regions they have worked in.
have a degree/diploma
have a postgraduate degree
do not have a tertiary qualification
There's no denying that real-world skills and practical experience offer benefits that go beyond the classroom. Academic credentials however remain a critical part of determining the most suitable candidate for a role, especially at the C-suite level. While there is no exact formula or particular standout qualification, it's ideal to look for candidates who can showcase a combination of real-world experience alongside a strong academic background.
of the ASX 200-listed CEOs have an MBAVIEW THE TOP 5 MOST POPULAR POSTGRADUATE DEGREES
While an MBA is internationally perceived as the must-have postgraduate degree for a management position, there are also other postgraduate degrees that should be taken into consideration for a C-suite position in a company. Any postgraduate degree will be useful for a senior management role to offer a broad overview of how all the different parts of a business interact and work together. It is however advised to look for professionals with industry experience and complementary practical skills.
of the ASX 200-listed CEOs were recruited externally into the roleTENURE AS CEO
Although it is relatively more common for senior executives to rise through the ranks of a company internally, there is added value in hiring talent from outside of the business. Going outside the company to hire also offers benefits, as the externally hired CEO - typically experienced in several industries - can offer new perspective, alleviate change and bring in new skillsets.
of the ASX 200-listed CEOs were in a CEO role previous to their current roleVIEW PREVIOUS ROLE BEFORE BECOMING CEO AT THEIR CURRENT COMPANY
While it is common for CEOs to move from one CEO role to another, there is also value in considering other senior executives within the company. Aside from having a thorough knowledge of the product/service, company culture and customer, being experienced in areas such as finance or operations can also add value and provide new perspective.
*In case of multiple job titles, the first listed title has been taken into account. **The category 'Other' includes director, management and other senior roles.
of the ASX 200-listed CEOs have worked internationallyVIEW INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
In today's globalised world, obtaining experience of different working cultures is an important way for business leaders to differentiate themselves. As technology continues to develop and make it easier for more businesses to work across international boundaries, being able to demonstrate success in different countries and global assignments is a credential in business leaders that is highly sought-after.
Robert Half has conducted research on CEOs of the ASX 200 by analysing publicly-available sources of information about ASX 200 CEOs to track trends including their professional and educational background, gender, and length of tenure. The research was analysed from the period 31st May 2018 - 20th July 2018, and all results are correct to the best of our knowledge.
The information within the Robert Half CEO Tracker is based on publicly-available information. Where possible, the information has been checked and verified by the offices of the CEOs.