Economics perspective on the most pressing CEO challenges


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As a special topic, this month’s Economics Watch offers an economics perspective on the most pressing challenges on the minds of the chief executives who responded to The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2016. In this year’s survey, we see CEO respondents focusing on building organizational capability and high performing cultures around, engagement, inclusion, and continual improvement. Moreover we see a deep seated concern about global talent shortages and heightened awareness of the role of cost management and strengthening process improvement to mitigate risk. In addition, six big-picture trends emerge from the strategies CEO respondents selected to meet key business challenges. 

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Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark
Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist, and chief strategy officer at The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels, and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts as well as in-depth globa...Full Bio

Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell
Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality
The Conference Board

Charles Mitchell, the executive director, knowledge content & quality at The Conference Board, is responsible for the development of member-generated content and ensuring the objectivity, independence, accuracy, and business relevance of the organization’s research. In recent years he h...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, Ph.D.

Gad Levanon, Ph.D. (Host)
Chief Economist, North America
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is chief economist, North America for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic indicat...Full Bio

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