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The CEO as Chief Geopolitical Officer

The CEO as Chief Geopolitical Officer

Report on the changing role of the CEO in today’s complex geopolitical environment.

Report on the changing role of the CEO in today’s complex geopolitical environment.

Today’s geopolitical environment is nothing like what we’ve seen in the past. CEOs are beholden to the outputs of an increasingly complex geopolitical system that moves at an accelerated pace, with few guardrails. Only by moving politics to the forefront of strategy, and personally being the point (wo)man for geopolitics can a CEO lead their organization to success in turbulent times.

In a world where global companies are assumed political entities and CEOs are de-facto political players, a new approach is required – one that elevates politics to the boardroom level, and puts CEOs in the position of the Chief Geopolitical Officer with specialized insights and stress-testing tools.

Through in depth research and a series of CEO interviews across industries and geographies, KPMG and Eurasia Group have joined forces to explore the evolving role of the CEO. This report identifies questions to be asked and proactive responses to be taken to help businesses successfully adapt to today’s geopolitical uncertainties.

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Geopolitics: a boardroom issue

What it takes to adapt to a changing geopolitical landscape.

Joint report by KPMG and Eurasia Group

The report is co-authored by KPMG and Eurasia Group – one of the world’s leading global political risk research and consultancy firm. By providing information and insight on how political developments move markets, they help clients anticipate and respond to instability and opportunities everywhere they invest or do business. Their expertise includes developed and developing countries in every region of the world, specific economic sectors, and the business and investment playing fields of the future.

Headquartered in New York, Eurasia Group has offices in Europe, Latin America and Asia and on-the-ground experts and resources in more than a hundred countries. "Politics first” grounds their work and politics is the lens through which Eurasia Group’s global team view the world - committed to analysis that is free of political bias and the influence of private interests.