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Executive fit

Headhunters don't just look at a candidate's CV and track record. Hiring CEOs now involves a suite of assessment tools that includes data mining, AI, algorithms and soon, even a crystal ball, as Heidrick & Struggles' Alain Deniau tells JANICE HENG

"You cannot look at today's CEO without looking at the Board. The Board must, now and in the future, be in charge of the long-term implications for the company, the long-term value creation. So we expect the Board to work on diversity, sustainability, long-term digital transformation; to deal with political pressure. A good Board must take over some of these responsibilities to let the CEO concentrate on what has to be done." - Alain Deniau.

THE chief executive officer (CEO) of today - and tomorrow - needs soft skills and cultural fit, among other things. Helping firms find the right leaders is where executive search and consulting firm Heidrick & Struggles comes in, with its modus operandi having also moved with the times....

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