Odgers Berndtson has revealed which UK CEOs will be taking part in its 2017 ‘CEO for a Day’ initiative.
21 UK chief executives from organisations including, Sainsbury’s, Asos, and The Cabinet Office, are backing an initiative to find CEOs of the future by giving students an insight into what it takes to lead a major organisation.
Since the executive search firm began its CEO for a Day initiative, almost 1,000 business leaders and students have participated in the opportunity to shadow the working day of a chief executive.
“This is about opening doors at companies and top organisations for talented young people who might not otherwise have the chance,” Kester Scrope, CEO of Odgers Berndtson said. “In times of fake news, and with preconceived ideas at large, we, as business leaders, want the young generation to see for themselves what working at the top of an organisation is like, and what businesses can achieve. Then they can reach an informed view about it for themselves.”
David Wild, CEO of Domino’s Pizza Group, added: “Enabling young people to see first-hand what’s involved in running a business, will appeal to the openness and transparency sought by Millennials.”
When asked about the most pressing challenge facing today’s leaders, almost all of this year’s CEOs expressed concern about the pace of change impacting their organisation, digital transformation and access to talent.
Dawn Airey, Chief Executive of Getty Images said: “Leading change at any time is hard. But leading perpetual change is the hardest challenge of all. Living with constant evolution, adapting your own work and helping others do the same is in my view, the challenge of our time.”
Rod McKie, Chief Executive of Welcome Break believes: “The battleground, as far as I am concerned, is how to get great people to join your organisation, nurture them and keep them.”
“Almost all industry sectors and companies are in the throes of a massive digital transformation, which is changing what’s required of an effective top leader,” added Mark Freebairn, who is leading the CEO for a Day initiative in the UK. “We’re expanding CEO for a Day internationally because it enables today’s leaders to give back in a direct and personal way, whilst also challenging them with the unusual experience of sharing a day with an unconnected, ambitious young person.”
Participating companies in the UK 2017 CEO for a Day include: Asos, Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland, DFS, Domino’s Pizza Group, Getty Images, Janus Henderson Investors, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), Kier Group, Meggitt, Mumsnet, N Brown Group, Ogilvy UK, Odgers Berndtson, Pets at Home, Rentokil, Sainsbury’s, SEGRO, Weir Group, Welcome Break, and Williams F1.