U.S. CEO Outlook 2015

CEO Outlook 2015

The growth imperative in a more competitive environment

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For U.S. CEOs in a variety of industries, the next three years will be challenging, exhilarating, and, more than likely, defining. 

Last year, KPMG found U.S. CEOs upbeat about the three-year prospects for their companies. This year, two-thirds maintain that positive viewpoint or are even more optimistic about the road ahead. 

This confidence, combined with an increasingly competitive business landscape, is driving more U.S. CEOs to pursue aggressive growth strategies that are geared toward inorganic growth and international expansion. These ambitious plans will take place in a tougher operating environment, characterized by:

  • increased threats from incumbent competitors and new entrants;
  • disruptive emerging technologies; and 
  • intensifying regulatory pressure;

Featuring the perspectives of 400 chief executives, as well as frontline insights from KPMG partners, KPMG’s U.S. CEO Outlook 2015 is a forward-looking examination of the next three years in business, exploring the most critical strategic issues of today and tomorrow.

Business Optimism Holds Steady

Compared to last year’s survey, two-thirds of U.S. CEOs have either the same level of confidence or increased confidence about their three-year growth prospects. But seven years into the economic recovery, one-third are less confident. The regulatory environment, increased competition and technology disruption are a few key factors driving uncertainty.

"Growth continues to be very difficult, more difficult than at any other point in my 30-year career." 

-Gerardo I. Lopez, CEO, AMC Entertainment

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