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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|
|Director International Operations, Americas||Commonwealth Bank of Australia||New York, NY||Jun 30, 2016||$260,000|
|Director of International Markets||FKA Distributing Co, LLC||Commerce, MI||Jan 05, 2016||$240,000|
|Director International OPS, Americas||Commonwealth Bank of Australia||New York, NY||Jul 25, 2015||$220,000 -
|Director International Systems||Williams-Sonoma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$214,947 -
|International Director of Asset Management||Finaccess Advisors, LLC||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2010||$200,000|
|Director, Operations, International Shipping||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$200,000|
|Director of International Specialty Program||Tyson Foods, Inc.||Dakota Dunes, SD||Aug 15, 2016||$174,411|
|Director of International Specialty Program||Tyson Foods, Inc.||Dakota Dunes, SD||Sep 26, 2015||$174,411|
|Director of International Specialty Program||Tyson Foods, Inc.||Dakota Dunes, SD||Sep 26, 2014||$169,331|
|Director, International Logistics and Operations||Christus Health||Irving, TX||Jan 15, 2015||$160,000|
|Director, International Supplier Relations||Tokyo Electron America, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 01, 2009||$158,816|
|Director, International Peace and Security||John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation||Chicago, IL||Jun 28, 2014||$158,300|
|Director, International Operations||Softlayer Technologies, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Apr 23, 2012||$157,102|
|Director of International Project Mangement||Telecommunications Systems, Inc.||Aliso Viejo, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$155,000|
|Director of International Relations||85 Broads Unlimited LLC||Greenwich, CT||Mar 01, 2011||$115,000|
|Director of International Solutions||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||Miami, FL||Mar 29, 2012||$115,000|
|Director, International Solutions||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||Miami, FL||Mar 19, 2012||$115,000|
|Director International Partnerships||VEVO, LLC||New York, NY||Apr 03, 2015||$112,000 -
|Director International Partnerships||VEVO, LLC||New York, NY||Mar 04, 2015||$112,000 -
|Director of International Operations||Grid Dynamics International, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$110,000|
|Director of International Operations||Grid Dynamics International, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Dec 08, 2012||$110,000 -
|Director-International Operations||Nisum Technologies Inc.||Brea, CA||Dec 01, 2014||$110,000|
|Director of International Relations||Aviation Publishing Corporation||El Monte, CA||Sep 01, 2011||$70,541|
|Assoc Director, Program Mgmnt & International Coll||Cirrus Design Corporation||Duluth, MN||Nov 28, 2011||$70,000 -
|Director of International Operations||The Mining Group Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Aug 31, 2016||$69,520|
|Director of International Operations||American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Jun 01, 2013||$68,000|
|Director of International Programs||Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jun 01, 2014||$66,700|
|Director of International Services||Rockfarm Logistics, LLC||Elgin, IL||Jun 20, 2016||$66,102|
|International Financial and Business Operations AN||Guthy-Renker, LLC||NC||Jan 20, 2012||$65,000|
|Associate, International User Operations||Yelp Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 26, 2014||$65,000|
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