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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 Latino8.7%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix9.8%
New York University9.1%
Michigan State University5.4%
Pennsylvania State University5.4%
University of Southern California4.9%
University of Texas at Austin4.4%
University of Pennsylvania4.3%
University of Florida4.3%
University of Chicago4.2%
George Washington University4.1%
Florida State University4.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|VP, C2C Selling||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 17, 2017||$311,600|
|VP ADS and Monetization, Marketplaces||EBAY, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 13, 2014||$300,000|
|VP, Marketing||Verifone, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 08, 2016||$300,000|
|VP Search Marketplaces||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 01, 2013||$295,000|
|VP, Global Design, Paypal||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 31, 2011||$285,000|
|Vice President-Packaging||Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$255,378|
|Vice President of Marketing||Immersion Corporation||San Jose, CA||Sep 04, 2017||$236,018 -
|VP, Marketing GP||Align Technology, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 01, 2017||$236,018 -
|VP, Marketing||Verifone, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 09, 2017||$230,506 -
|VP, Marketing||Verifone, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 17, 2017||$230,506 -
|Vice President, Global Purchasing and Logistics||Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$225,000|
|Vice President, Global Sales||Solopower, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 09, 2012||$225,000|
|Vice President, Global Sales||Solopower, Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 10, 2011||$225,000|
|Vice President, Global Sales||Solopower, Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 05, 2011||$225,000|
|Vice President, Systems Architecture||Silver Spring Networks, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 27, 2017||$221,291 -
|Vice President, International Strategic Marketing||Harding Marketing Communications, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 16, 2016||$221,000|
|VP, Marketing||Verifone, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$220,251 -
|Vice President, Physician Leadership & Medical Policy||Satellite Healthcare, Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 12, 2016||$220,000|
|Vice President-Strategic Alliances (Internal:Dir of Pltfrms)||Yandex, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 16, 2015||$217,750|
|Vice President, Finance, Unity Lab Services (ULS)||Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 28, 2018||$215,093 -
|Vice President of Software and Solutions||TAEC Acquisition Corporation||San Jose, CA||Feb 10, 2014||$200,000|
|Vice President, Global Deal Desk/Commercial Enablement||Forescout Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 03, 2017||$200,000 -
|Vice President of Software and Solutions||OCZ Technology Group, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 16, 2013||$200,000|
|Vice President of Software and Solutions||OCZ Technology Group, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 15, 2013||$200,000|
|VP, Strategic Partnerships||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 23, 2011||$190,000|
|VP, Strategic Partnerships||Paypal Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 15, 2011||$190,000|
|Vice President of Software||Finesse Solutions, LLC||San Jose, CA||Sep 08, 2011||$185,000|
|Vice President||Mindtree Limited||San Jose, CA||Feb 22, 2011||$180,981 -
|VP of Field Services||Objectivity, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 01, 2015||$178,000|
|VP, Software Delivery||Covad Communications Company||San Jose, CA||Feb 16, 2011||$166,551|
|Vice President, Business Finance Large Corporate & Internati||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||San Jose, CA||Sep 05, 2018||$138,700|
|Vice President-Strategic Alliances||Yandex, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 16, 2015||$135,600|
|VP of Marketing||Global Innovation Access USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 01, 2012||$107,731|
|VP of Marketing||Global Innovation Access USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 10, 2012||$107,731|
|Vice President of Publishing MMO Division||Onnet USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 20, 2009||$106,000|
|VP of Customer Advocacy||Opswerks, LLC||San Jose, CA||Sep 12, 2018||$100,000|
|Vice President-Sales||Comnectre, LLC.||San Jose, CA||Oct 08, 2014||$100,000|
|VP of Customer Advocacy||Opswerks, LLC||San Jose, CA||Nov 09, 2017||$100,000|
|Vice President, Resort District||Wyndham Resort Development Corporation||San Jose, CA||Jan 01, 2010||$92,206|
|VP, Sales||Jade Global Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 14, 2014||$90,000|
|VP, Sales||Jade Global Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 16, 2014||$90,000|
|VP of Investor Relations||Dreamsquare Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 03, 2014||$89,386|
|Vice President||Starch Medical Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 01, 2014||$84,000|
|Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs||Kick9, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 16, 2014||$75,000|
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