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The prerequisites for CEO success are constantly evolving. Some of the most compelling findings in this year’s CEO Outlook is the increased focus of Chief Executive Officers on agility and the ability to challenge and disrupt business norms. If they fail to adapt to a constantly changing world, their business will become irrelevant. This is a stark choice for CEOs everywhere.

The focus on agility, disruption and change is also redefining what we mean by resilience. In the past, it was about battening down the hatches in the face of short-term headwinds. Organisations looked to defend their positions and use scale to maintain competitive advantage.

The technological, economic and social headwinds we have seen emerge in recent years are no longer short-term. While CEOs continue to see exciting growth opportunities, they are set against a complex, volatile and increasingly uncertain environment. To be resilient, organisations need to be comfortable disrupting their business models if they want to continue to grow. This is what we mean by being agile.

Business leaders are encouraging their teams to try new things and experiment...

Seamus Hand
Managing Partner
KPMG in Ireland

Our 2019 edition

In this, our fourth annual CEO Outlook, we spoke to 1,300 CEOs in many of the world’s most dynamic organisations, including from Ireland, to discuss how they are confronting long-held market orthodoxies and assumptions that govern decision-making.

We would like to thank all the CEOs who gave their time and spoke so freely about the opportunities and challenges they face. As I meet with business leaders, I am struck by the passion, enthusiasm and belief they have in the future of their organisations. We hope that this report brings you insights, ideas and different perspectives from around the world.

If you would like to talk about any of the issues in this year’s CEO Outlook, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how your business can gain from these insights.

Seamus Hand,
Managing Partner,
KPMG in Ireland