Robert Half revealed that a background in finance is still a key attribute – in 2013, the recruitment company said that 52 per cent of FTSE 100 CEOs had an accountancy or financial management background.The percentage holds firm at 52 in 2015, compared to 21 per cent from retail and hospitality, 17 per cent engineering and natural resources, 14 per cent in marketing and 11 per cent from a technology background. The gender split remains weighted towards men, as only five of the FTSE 100 chief executives are women – though the appointments of Olivia Garfield at Severn Trent and Véronique Laury-Deroubaix at Kingfisher have improved the figure from previous years.
The profile shapes up as a 54-year-old British man with a financial background. The education information also shows that 19 of the FTSE 100 attended Oxford or Cambridge, 28 have MBAs and four have PHDs. In terms of board members, women are on the rise, up to 23.5 per cent of the FTSE 100 board members from 12.5 per cent in 2011. Robert Half’s managing director, Phil Sheridan, said: “Finance has proven itself to be the route to the top of Britain’s biggest businesses as the ability to provide strong financial leadership and commercial acumen continues to be a key asset of FTSE 100 CEOs.” Read more on leadership:
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