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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|
|SVP Operations||Anglogold Ashanti North America Inc.||Centennial, CO||Sep 16, 2015||$450,000 -
|Senior Vice President--Casino Operations||Venetian Casino Resort, LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Nov 18, 2013||$380,000 -
|SVP, Pharmaceutical Operations||Relypsa, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Feb 07, 2016||$372,800|
|Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations||Imperial Pacific International CNMI||Jan 08, 2016||$360,000 -
|Senior Vice President, Finance Operations, Walmart||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Bentonville, AR||Oct 01, 2011||$350,000|
|SVP Operations||Anglogold Ashanti North America Inc.||Centennial, CO||Oct 01, 2013||$350,000 -
|Senior VP of Delivery & Operations||Globant, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2016||$350,000|
|Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations||Brookfield Infrastructure Group Corporation||CA||May 09, 2014||$325,000|
|SR. Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations||Relypsa, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 31, 2014||$310,000|
|SR. Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations||Relypsa, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2014||$310,000|
|Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations||Brookfield Asset Management LLC||Bainbridge Island, WA||Sep 01, 2013||$300,000|
|Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations||Brookfield Infrastructure Group Corporation||Bainbridge Island, WA||Mar 15, 2014||$300,000|
|SVP Commercial Operations||Keynote Systems, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Sep 09, 2013||$300,000|
|Senior Vice President, Retail Operations||Genuine Parts Company||Atlanta, GA||Jun 15, 2014||$235,921|
|Senior Vice President of Specialty Operations||Simmons Bedding Company||Atlanta, GA||Oct 01, 2012||$230,000|
|Senior Vice President of Operations||American Refining Group, Inc.||Bradford, PA||Oct 09, 2016||$226,125|
|Senior Vice President/Operations Officer, Marine Consultants||ECM Maritime Services, LLC||Norwalk, CT||Feb 25, 2016||$225,000|
|Senior Vice President, Marine Operations||Carnival Corporation||Miami, FL||Feb 01, 2011||$217,000 -
|Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations||Imperial Pacific International CNMI||Jan 08, 2016||$214,790 -
|Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations||Imperial Pacific International CNMI||Aug 15, 2016||$214,790 -
|Senior Vice President/Operations Officer, Marine C||ECM Maritime Services, LLC||Norwalk, CT||Feb 26, 2014||$213,000|
|Senior Vice President of Operations, Americas||Trajan Scientific Americas Inc.||Austin, TX||Aug 20, 2015||$174,970 -
|Regional Senior Vice President, North American Operations||Newmont USA Limited||Elko, NV||Jan 11, 2016||$174,408 -
|Senior Vice President Operations||Renoir Management Corporation (F/K/A Renoir Corpor||Miami, FL||Dec 23, 2013||$172,000 -
|Senior Vice President of Operations, Americas||SGE Inc.||Austin, TX||Aug 20, 2013||$167,294 -
|Senior Vice President Operations and Supply Chain||Greencore USA, Inc.||Danvers, MA||Sep 07, 2014||$167,294|
|Senior Vice President of Operations||Par Springer-Miller Systems, Inc.||Stowe, VT||Sep 16, 2015||$165,378|
|Senior Vice President/Operations & Research||Talent Intelligence, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2012||$165,000|
|Senior Vice President of Operations||Troon Golf, LLC||Scottsdale, AZ||Sep 21, 2013||$165,000 -
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