The War For Executive Talent – New Titles On The Rise

New Titles on the Rise

CDOThe War For Executive Talent - New Titles On The Rise

Chief Data Officer

Chief Digital Officer


Chief Innovation Officer


Chief Privacy Officer

Chief Procurement Officer


Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Sustainability Officer

New Executive Titles are quickly emerging

The volatility of the economic climate these last few years has resulted in many changes to the business and economic landscape.

Disruptions to the organizational structure includes changes in the C-Suite as businesses adapt to emerging technologies and the resulting leadership requirements.

Ninjas, Evangelists, Muses, Gurus?

They are out there – the Chief Evangelist Officers, Software Development Ninjas, Human Factors Gurus, Innovation Muses, but the trend is moving more toward the fundamental style titles which show deliberate inclusion in the C-Suite, with little or no ambiguity about corporate responsibility.

Traditionally, C-level positions were focused on operations (COO – Chief Operations Officer), finance (CFO – Chief Financial Officer) and information systems (CIO – Chief Information Officer).

Scott Spreier, Sr. Consultant with the Hay Group, a leading global management consulting firm says: “Look beyond the titles. What is critical in creating such roles is first understanding the size and scope of the role. Is it a strategic role or a more tactical, operational role? Is it directly linked to business results, or is it more advisory? These factors all shape the accountabilities of the role and the skills and competencies necessary to execute those roles.”

Who else will be found in the C-Suite?

Critical talent needs are now emanating from areas including:

  • Innovation:  Chief Innovation Officer
  • New Management Theory:  Chief Learning Officer, Chief Knowledge Officer
  • Increased Business Regulations:  Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Ethics Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Risk Officer
  • Increased Focus on Markets & Customers:  Chief Customer Officer, Chief Experience Officer, Chief Growth Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer

Is there space at your conference room table for these new C-level leaders?

Where will they come from?

TD Madison is known as the go-to firm for executive sustainability in information and technology talent solutions.  We welcome your thoughts and discussion.