Looking for the next superstar CEO for your company? Then take a look at this interesting article in Fortune Magazine: Star Power. It's an analysis of some of the top executives in the USA who are NOT currently CEOs. Headhunters clamour after them and major corporations are taking note of this article for their own succession plans. It must be a great ego boost to appear on this kind of list, but more than anything, I'm sure many of us would just like to hear how they got there. This article explains a lot of their backgrounds so you can see just that. It's interesting that a great many of them have had global experience and more than a few have had a major experience in the Asia Pacific region. It points to what many major recruiters say, that if you want to get to the board room in a major multinational, you have to be prepared to serve some time overseas. And often in Asia.
People of Interest:
DAVID CALHOUN General Electric - Considered the most lusted-after managerial star who isn't already a CEO. He previously ran GE Plastics in Asia.
BOB MCDONALD Procter & Gamble - Runs the multibillion-dollar northeast Asia region for the company.
MARY MINNICK Coca-Cola - Was head of Coke's highly profitable Asia division.
GREG BROWN Motorola - Laid off about 3% of his 20,000-employee division and replaced all 12 of his direct reports (nothing to do with Asia, just funny).