Getting the top job

Why aren’t more human resources execs appointed to CEO positions?
By Brian Kreissl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2013

Question: What will it take to have more senior HR professionals appointed to CEO roles in the future?

Answer: While many organizations pay lip service to notions like “our people are our greatest assets,” the people most responsible for a company’s people agenda rarely make it to the top job. That’s particularly puzzling, since studies show CEOs typically spend up to one-half of their time on people issues.

Over the years, many have commented that senior HR practitioners are typically not promoted to the position of CEO or an equivalent. Instead, the route to the top more typically follows a path from other functions such as finance, marketing or operations.