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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 Latino9.1%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix13.3%
University of Southern California6.0%
University of Houston5.5%
Michigan State University5.5%
Georgia State University5.5%
New York University5.2%
Florida International University4.7%
University of Arizona4.7%
University of California - Los Angeles4.3%
Southern Methodist University4.2%
University of Georgia4.2%
Arizona State University4.0%
University of Texas at Austin3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Managing Partner||The Column Group, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jan 01, 2010||$600,000|
|Managing Partner||3G Capital, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 20, 2011||$600,000|
|Managing Partner||3G Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 20, 2012||$600,000|
|Managing Partner||Funding Gates Corporation||New York, NY||Aug 21, 2009||$516,000|
|Management Partner||Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, LLP||Chicago, IL||Nov 01, 2009||$400,799|
|Management Partner||Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, LLP||Chicago, IL||Nov 01, 2009||$400,799|
|Managing Partner||Prostar Investments (Us) LLC||Greenwich, CT||Jun 15, 2014||$300,000 -
|Managing Partner||Prostar Capital (Us) LLC||Greenwich, CT||Jun 15, 2014||$300,000 -
|Managing Partner||GOPA It Consultants Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$300,000|
|Managing Partner||Chiomenti Studio Legale, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 16, 2012||$300,000|
|Managing Partner||Authentic Brands Group LLC||New York, NY||Dec 01, 2010||$300,000|
|Managing Partner||Prostar Investments (Us) LLC||Greenwich, CT||Aug 01, 2012||$300,000 -
|Managing Partner||Nutri Ventures (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2015||$243,600|
|Partner, Lifecycle Management||Rosetta Marketing Group, LLC||New York, NY||Jun 05, 2014||$240,000|
|Managing Partner||Cosimo Venture Partners Inc.||Beverly, MA||Sep 10, 2015||$240,000|
|Managing Partner/Head of Oil Brokerage||LCM Commodities, LLC||New York, NY||Dec 12, 2016||$231,899|
|Managing Partner||BCP Acquisition Corporation-Berlin Cameron||New York, NY||Jul 24, 2012||$225,000|
|Managing Partner||BCP Acquisition Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 14, 2013||$225,000|
|Partner, Account Management||Rosetta Marketing Group, LLC||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2012||$192,837 -
|Managing Partner||Formation8 Partners LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 01, 2012||$190,195 -
|Managing Partner/Head of Natural Gas Derivatives Desk||LCM Commodities, LLC||New York, NY||Dec 12, 2016||$187,491|
|Managing Partner||Proactive Dealer Solutions LLC||Huntersville, NC||Jan 05, 2013||$180,000|
|Managing Partner||Formation8 Partners LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$168,140 -
|Co-Managing Partner||Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 04, 2010||$167,440 -
|Managing Partner||Proactive Dealer Solutions LLC||Huntersville, NC||Jan 05, 2013||$166,522 -
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