KPMG’s 2016 Global CEO Outlook reveals that CEOs are increasingly confident in achieving growth in the next 3 years. Despite having realistic concerns with their current readiness to face emerging challenges, CEOs are confident they can transform their companies for the future.
Respondents to KPMG’s 2016 Global CEO Outlook, including many top CEOs from the world’s largest companies, showed considerable confidence in the near-term future growth prospects for their organizations, their industry and the domestic and global economies.
At the same time, they recognize that their success hinges on the ability to adapt and transform their companies in the face of unprecedented change. In fact, 72 percent of CEOs believe that the next 3 years will be more critical for their industry than the last 50 years. Seeing how evolving technology is now unleashing an astounding rate of change, almost half of CEOs expect to be running significantly transformed companies.
Global CEOs also acknowledge that the changes they expect to make to their companies won’t come easily. They exhibit realistic expectations about the challenges ahead and they question whether they, and their organizations, currently possess the right capabilities to handle the emerging issues.
In spite of their concerns about tackling challenges they have never encountered before, the CEOs remain optimistic that they can transform their organizations for this evolving future. Their confidence is illustrated by their plans to hire more talent, introduce new technologies and implement transformation plans over the next 3 years.
KPMG’s 2016 Global CEO Outlook study provides a vivid image of global CEOs’ expectations for business growth, the challenges they face and their strategies to chart organizational success over the next 3 years. Key findings include:
The most pressing concerns for CEOs are:
The top strategic priorities over the next 3 years are:
The survey targeted 1,268 CEOs in 10 key markets (Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and US) and 11 key industry sectors (automotive, banking, insurance, investment management, life sciences, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, retail/consumer markets and energy/utilities). A third of the respondents have more than US$10 billion in annual revenue, with no responses from companies under US$500 million in annual revenue.
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