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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.
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Hispanic or Latino8.0%
Black or African American0.6%
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New York University9.1%
University of Phoenix7.5%
Michigan State University5.9%
University of Pennsylvania5.4%
George Washington University4.4%
University of Southern California4.4%
University of Iowa4.3%
University of California - Los Angeles4.1%
University of Chicago4.0%
University of California - Berkeley3.8%
University of Texas at Austin3.8%
University of Denver3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Executive VP & Chief of Staff||Lone Star Global Acquisitions, LLC||Dallas, TX||Jan 07, 2017||$950,000 -
|Executive VP & Chief of Staff||Lone Star North America Acquisitions, LLC||Dallas, TX||Jan 07, 2017||$950,000 -
|Executive VP & Chief of Staff||Lone Star Americas Acquisitions, LLC||Dallas, TX||Jan 07, 2017||$950,000 -
|Executive VP & Chief of Staff||Lone Star Global Acquisitions, LLC||Yorktown, TX||Jan 07, 2017||$950,000 -
|Executive VP & Chief of Staff||Lone Star U.S. Acquisitions, LLC||Dallas, TX||Jan 07, 2017||$950,000 -
|Executive Vice President-Global LNG||Anadarko Petroleum Corporation||The Woodlands, TX||Jun 09, 2016||$625,000|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Office||KBR, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 13, 2014||$550,000|
|Executive Vice President||TUYA Technologies, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 15, 2017||$400,000|
|Executive Vice President, Director of Strategic PL||Publicis Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 24, 2012||$300,000|
|Executive Vice||Transfield Services Limited||Houston, TX||Sep 15, 2015||$300,000|
|Executive Vice President||TUYA Technologies, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 19, 2018||$299,146 -
|Executive Vice President||Brink's, Incorporated||Coppell, TX||Jul 15, 2011||$292,180|
|Executive Vice President-Finance||Broadspectrum Americas, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 24, 2017||$292,000|
|Executive Vice President-Finance||Broadspectrum Americas, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 26, 2016||$288,000|
|Executive Vice President of The Americas||Cover Genius, Inc.||Austin, TX||May 01, 2018||$260,478 -
|Executive Vice President of Asset Management||AERO Capital Solutions Inc.||Austin, TX||Jul 09, 2017||$260,000|
|Executive Vice President, Software Solutions||CHR Solutions||Houston, TX||Jan 27, 2016||$251,638|
|Executive Vice President, Lending Relationships||NIW Companies, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Aug 21, 2013||$250,000|
|Executive Vice President, Lending Relationships||NIW Companies, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Oct 01, 2012||$250,000|
|Executive Vice President||Moore Rod & Pipe, LLC||Humble, TX||Sep 18, 2015||$240,000|
|EVP Petrosim||KBC Advanced Technologies Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 30, 2011||$230,000|
|Executive Vice President, Global Markets||RLG International (U.S.) Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 01, 2018||$200,000 -
|Executive VP, SAP Application Management Services||EPI-Use America, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 03, 2013||$189,996|
|Executive Vice||Axxis GEO Solutions, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 15, 2018||$180,000|
|Executive Vice President||Acconda, L.P.||Dickinson, TX||Oct 01, 2017||$165,000|
|Executive Vice President||NQ Mobile Us Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 20, 2018||$163,589|
|Executive Vice President||East Hill Industries LLC||Carrollton, TX||Sep 21, 2018||$160,000|
|Executive Vice President||Steel Hawk, LLC||TX||Sep 27, 2012||$160,000|
|Executive Vice President||Steel Hawk, LLC||TX||Sep 26, 2012||$160,000 -
|Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs||A2A Capital Management USA, LLC||Southlake, TX||Jul 24, 2015||$156,000|
|Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs||A2A Capital Management USA, LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Jul 24, 2017||$156,000|
|Executive Vice President||Acconda, L.P.||Dickinson, TX||Oct 01, 2014||$150,000|
|Executive Vice President||Acconda, L.P. D/B/A Aqua Drill International||Dickinson, TX||Feb 15, 2011||$150,000|
|Executive Vice President||Acconda, L.P. D/B/A Aqua Drill International||Dickinson, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$150,000|
|Executive Vice||Axxis GEO Solutions, Inc.||Houston, TX||Feb 15, 2016||$144,000|
|Executive Vice President||Amtrust Financial Services, Inc.||Bedford, TX||Jan 02, 2012||$138,112 -
|Executive Vice President||NTS Communications, Inc.||Lubbock, TX||Mar 08, 2012||$125,000|
|Executive Vice President||Gilkes Inc.||Kemah, TX||Mar 04, 2013||$120,000 -
|Executive Vice President||GC&A Group Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 16, 2010||$120,000 -
|Executive Vice President||NTS Communications, Inc.||Lubbock, TX||Oct 01, 2013||$120,000|
|EVP Support Services: Emea Developer||Global Business Software Technologies Inc.||Granbury, TX||Sep 20, 2018||$106,454|
|Executive Vice President||Aries Offshore Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 19, 2013||$96,000|
|EVP, Exec DIR Corp Culture & EE Engt||Compass Bank||Houston, TX||Apr 01, 2011||$91,479|
|Executive Vice President||NTS Communications, Inc.||Lubbock, TX||Oct 01, 2010||$90,800|
|Executive Vice President||Tubular Structures International LLC||McGregor, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$72,000 -
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