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The CEO's Path to the Top: How Times Have Changed

The CEO’s Path to the Top: How Times Have Changed
In a new study that compares Fortune 100 executives in 1980 with their counterparts in 2001, Peter Cappelli, director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, and colleague Monika Hamori document what many CEOs and other senior managers have no doubt already witnessed: The road to the executive suite and the characteristics of the executives who get there have changed significantly over the last two decades. Among the researchers’ findings: Today’s executives are younger, more likely to be female, and less likely to have Ivy League educations. They get to the executive suite faster than ever, hold fewer jobs along the way, spend about five years less in their current organization before being promoted, and are more likely to be hired from the outside.

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