‘CEOs face the challenge of staying true to a long-term vision amid uncertainty’

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Ahead of the World Retail Congress, Spencer Stuart’s Sally Elliott assesses the changing demands on retail chief executives and how effective succession planning can best position companies for success

Spare a thought for today’s chief executives.

The relative stability enjoyed by their predecessors is long gone, uprooted by a combination of inflation, the cost-of-living crisis, labour shortages, cybersecurity threats, supply chain pressures, the war in Ukraine, a global pandemic, a new age of AI – to name just a few of the challenges.


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