Fast Takes: News & Trend Lines, February 2014

February 1, 2014

Next CEOs may come from outside the industry

According to a survey conducted for executive search firm Ferguson Partners, health care executives who were asked to name the top three outside industries likely to produce tomorrow’s health system leaders chose finance, (92 percent), hospitality (55 percent), investment (40 percent), and pharmaceutical (33 percent). Manufacturing, information technology, and retail/supply chain received mentions as well.

However, only 9 percent of respondents thought an outsider would be more effective than an industry veteran. Seventeen percent thought an outsider would be equally effective, and 59 percent thought an outsider would be less effective. Conducted in November, the survey was completed by 345 health care executives in various functions.

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