Analysis: The new route to retail CEO

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In the rapidly changing world of retail, what are the skills that a future chief executive needs and what roles are desirable as they make their way to the hot seat?

As retail changes rapidly and becomes increasingly complex, the need for a diverse set of experiences is vital for business leaders.

Executive search firm Anthony Gregg Partner’s chief executive Tony Gregg says: “The role of the chief executive has become much broader so you need to be much more cross-functional and show you understand the whole business on your way to the top – and to do that you need a really diverse set of skills.”

We take a look at the new blueprint to prepare for retail’s top job. Of course, not all CEOs need to follow this route, but it is indicative of the skills and roles that are valued to navigate today’s retail landscape.

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