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Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience.Education
Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.
Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.
Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.
Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.
Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.
Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.
Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.
Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.
Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|CEO of Sedf & Director of Economic Advancement Program||Open Society Foundations||New York, NY||Aug 31, 2015||$820,000|
|CEO of Sedf & Director of Economic Advancement Program||Open Society Foundations||New York, NY||Jan 03, 2016||$820,000|
|KFC Global CEO||Yum! Restaurants International, Inc.||Plano, TX||Jan 12, 2016||$800,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Fila U.S.A., Inc.||MD||Sep 30, 2015||$720,620|
|Chief Executive Officer||Fila U.S.A., Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$720,620|
|Chief Executive Officer (CEO)||LNG Management Services LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 22, 2015||$691,508 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Stillwater Mining Company||Billings, MT||Sep 05, 2015||$660,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Act, Inc.||Iowa City, IA||Sep 09, 2015||$620,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Act, Inc.||Iowa City, IA||Sep 19, 2015||$620,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Exclusive Resorts, LLC||Denver, CO||Sep 05, 2015||$600,000|
|CEO||Excel Trust, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$600,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Parnell Corporate Services Us Inc.||Overland Park, KS||Dec 01, 2016||$586,457|
|Chief Executive Officer||Aviagen, Inc.||Huntsville, AL||Sep 29, 2016||$550,000|
|Regional CEO-Americas||Proco Global, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$236,399|
|Chief Executive Officer||Rocky Mountain Institute||Boulder, CO||Feb 09, 2015||$230,000 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Sforzando, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$230,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Nurobot, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 10, 2016||$229,570 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Hydrx Solutions LLC||Houston, TX||Feb 15, 2016||$228,946 -
|Chief Executive Officer||Applied Biomimetic Inc.||Cincinnati, OH||Jan 15, 2015||$226,824|
|CEO||Produced Water Absorbents, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 09, 2015||$226,283|
|Chief Executive||American Patriot Oil and Gas, Inc.||Denver, CO||Jun 15, 2016||$225,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||Linekong Us, Inc.||Los Altos, CA||Jul 09, 2015||$159,182|
|General Manager/Ceo||Fensu Inc.||Waltham, MA||Feb 13, 2015||$158,454|
|CEO||Abs Trading, Inc. D/B/A Angies Beauty||Atlanta, GA||Sep 11, 2015||$157,019|
|Chief Executive Officer||Iris Interactive Corporation||Newtown, PA||Aug 16, 2015||$157,000|
|CEO||Yunlan (Us) Investment Management Inc.||NY||Jun 15, 2015||$156,525|
|CEO||Yunlan Investment Management Inc.||NY||Jul 01, 2015||$156,525|
|Chief Executive Officer||SCUF Gaming International LLC||Norcross, GA||Aug 31, 2015||$156,000|
|Chief Executive Officer||SCUF Gaming International LLC||Suwanee, GA||Sep 21, 2015||$156,000|
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