KPMG 2021 U.S. CEO Outlook

KPMG 2021 U.S. CEO Outlook

To achieve optimal post-pandemic growth while balancing top risks like cybersecurity, supply chain disruptions and tax changes, CEOs intend to stay:

Plugged-in: U.S. CEOs are seeking out strategic mergers and acquisitions, while continuing to invest in digital transformation initiatives. Gaining digital capabilities including data and analytics are an important driver for these efforts. Data-driven insights and transparency will help CEOs more confidently devise future growth strategies.  

Purpose-led: U.S. CEOs recognize that their principal objective is to embed purpose into everything they do. They are also working on making sure that ESG initiatives deliver financial results while also helping solve social and environmental challenges. They are bound on using technology to perfect the outcomes of their ESG initiatives. 

People-focused: Workforces are top of mind for U.S. CEOs, and many believe that a strong employee value proposition is their top operational priority over the next three years. Given that many employees are experiencing, or have experienced, burnout during the pandemic, CEOs are focusing on employee mental health and well-being.


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

Jeffrey Brown, CEO, Ally Financial

Adam Contos, CEO, RE/MAX

Ajei Gopal, President & CEO, Ansys

Phil Green, Chairman & CEO, Cullen/Frost Bankers

Pamela Maynard, CEO, Avanade

George Sakellaris, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Ameresco

Ray Scott, President & CEO, Lear Corp.

Chrissy Taylor, President & CEO, Enterprise Holdings


The KPMG CEO Outlook provides an in-depth, 3-year outlook from thousands of global executives on enterprise and economic growth.

The KPMG 2021 CEO Outlook asked 1,325 CEOs – including 400 in the United States – from among the world’s most influential companies to provide their 3-year outlook on the economic and business landscape, as well the impact that the on-going COVID-19 pandemic will have on their organizations’ future. All respondents have annual revenue over US$500M and one-third of the companies surveyed have more than US$10B in annual revenue. The survey was conducted June 29 – August 6 and included leaders from 11 key markets (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, U.K, and U.S.) and 11 key industry sectors (asset management, automotive, banking, consumer and retail, energy, infrastructure, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications).

Note: Some figures may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the survey respondents and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPMG.

*KPMG U.S. refers to KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee.