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Irish CEO Outlook 2017

Irish CEO Outlook 2017

The second annual KPMG Irish CEO Outlook report offers insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by Irish CEOs and their global counterparts.


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Welcome to the second annual KPMG Irish CEO Outlook, offering deep insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by Irish CEOs and over 1,200 of their global CEO peers. The study offers a unique lens into the strategic issues these CEOs are focussed on as they lead their businesses through a period of profound change and opportunity.

From Brexit and the risk of protectionism to the increasing issues and opportunities presented by technology, the CEOs we have interviewed speak in particular of the twin challenges of “disrupt and grow.”

This year’s CEO Outlook emphasises that disruption has become a fact of life for CEOs. Importantly, many see disruption as an opportunity to transform their business model, develop new products and services and to re-shape their businesses.

This year, we conducted parallel research in Northern Ireland to help broaden our understanding of the areas of shared concern amongst business leaders across the island.

The majority of CEOs we spoke with for this year’s study are optimistic about their company and its prospects, as well as both the national and global economies. They say they are taking the necessary steps for their business to be a disruptor, rather than be the disrupted.

They recognise the impact of increased geopolitical and economic uncertainty and are working hard to be prepared. Moreover, they understand that speed to market and innovation are essential. A large number of the CEOs we spoke with say they are developing new skills and exploring new ideas and influences to help drive essential change across their business.

Our report offers insights into the major forces disrupting business, and how CEOs are equipping their companies, and themselves, to manage these challenges. On behalf of KPMG, I would like to thank all of the CEOs we spoke with for their insights. I hope you find our 2017 Irish CEO Outlook a valuable support in assessing your business priorities and I invite you to discuss your business challenges and opportunities with us.

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