The Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO tracker

See how the FTSE CEOs got to where they are today and how the route to the top job in FTSE 100 companies has changed.

How has the career paths changed to becoming one of Britain’s top bosses? Is having a financial background still the key to success?

The FTSE 100 CEO slideshare highlights the key findings from the annual Robert Half FTSE 100 CEO Tracker including the career paths, educational background, age and nationality of the FTSE 100 CEOs.

Key findings include:

  • The FTSE 100 are hiring more international leaders. The last three years sees a strong trend to hire globally – 47% of external appointments were from outside the UK.
  • Loyalty and company experience are top values for a UK CEO. 40 CEOs on the Robert Half FTSE 100 Tracker received their CEO position through internal promotion.
  • The number of CEOs with financial experience continues to decline. Whilst a financial background is still the preferred path to CEO, this year 40% of CEOs have a financial background - indicating a 15% drop since 2016.

About the FTSE CEO research
Robert Half conducts annual research on the FTSE 100 CEOs by analysing publicly available sources of information to track trends including their professional career backgrounds, age and length of tenure. The research was analysed from the period 1st April 2017 – 31 March 2018, and all results are correct to the best of our knowledge.

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