Business development executives generate revenue for their companies by finding new clients and increasing sales within the existing customer base. Masters of networking and genuine people's persons, business development executives promote the company's product at tradeshows and conferences, nurture customer relations, and attract new business.
As members of the management team, they create business development strategies and work with a team of professionals to achieve profit growth. They create progress reports and map business trends to present to the board. Training employees on the sales team is also their responsibility.
As this position is high up on the corporate ladder, you need appropriate education to be considered. A degree in marketing or business administration should do the trick, along with years of experience in sales. Seeing the big picture and reading human behavior like an open book are features that will define your success in this position. If you love challenges, know how to get your point across, and "resourcefulness" is your middle name, this is the position for you.