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The KPMG 2020 U.S. CEO Outlook offers a unique lens on chief executives’ evolving attitudes as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded. The report finds CEOs using this unparalleled moment in history to lead with increased purpose and impact, both societal and economic. They also are focused on finding opportunity in adversity.


"U.S. CEOs are resilient and remain optimistic as they continue to rise to meet the challenges and opportunities resulting from the pandemic and ongoing economic uncertainty. They are accelerating the digital transformation of their businesses, but also see a multitude of risks apart from the pandemic -- with talent risk becoming front and center in the current environment.”

Paul Knopp

Paul Knopp

Chair and CEO

KPMG in the U.S.



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Methodology


Results in the KPMG 2020 US CEO Outlook are based on two surveys of CEOs conducted in 2020. The first survey, conducted in January 2020, surveyed 1,251 CEOs globally, including 400 CEOs from the United States, about their outlook for the next few years. The second survey, conducted in July and August 2020, surveyed 315 CEOs globally, including 100 CEOs from the United States, about the challenges and opportunities facing their business in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All CEOs in both surveys came from companies with annual revenues of $500 million or more and represented major industries, including retail, financial services, life sciences, energy, technology and manufacturing. NOTE: some figures may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

KPMG and Forbes Insights would like to thank the following individuals for their time and expertise.

• James Fish, President & CEO, Waste Management Inc.
• Steve Hasker, President & CEO, Thomson Reuters Corp.
• Rob Johnson, CEO, Vertiv
• Maggie Hardy Knox. President, 84 Lumber
• William Meaney, President & CEO, Iron Mountain
• Charles Meyers, President & CEO, Equinix Inc.
• Vincent Roche, President & CEO, Analog Devices Inc.
• Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon Communications Inc.
• Michael Wirth, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Chevron Corp.


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