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Credible leaders are needed for successful IPOs
This article originally appeared on Drapersonline.com on 8 May 2014 Since the start of the year we have seen the largest wave of initial public offerings (IPO) and mergers and acquisitions activity since the crash. More importantly, a significant proportion of these have been in retail. There have... Read more
2014 executive compensation survey (Brazil)
More than 1000 C-level executives working in Brazil and occupying the main executive seats of their respective companies answered our survey questions. Our results give an exclusive insight into the executive market in Brazil. Main highlights: Fixed and variable remuneration Base salary: variation... Read more
Current trends in retail valuations
The retail sector has been seeing a significant increase in the number of IPOs this year - from the traditional McColls, through to the meteoric valuations from ao.com and boohoo.com. What has been very interesting with these trends is the short-term boom followed by their current prices which are... Read more
Executive finance – leadership selection trends, 2014 so far...
Over the last six months, the Page Executive finance practice has noted a tangible uplift in number of finance directors and CFO mandates entering the market. While the search for the perfect fit continues – a new found positivity and longer-term focus seems to be liberating the market. Notable... Read more
Manufacturing – the key to global export sales success
The UK manufacturing industry continues to have a world class reputation in innovation and engineering excellence. The sector employs over two million people and contributes £140bn to the UK economy each year (it accounts for over 50% of UK exports). In the first quarter of 2014, manufacturing... Read more
Recovery - the challenges of hiring in this changing market
In recruitment, as in other industries, annual reports for 2013 from UK businesses frequently describe market conditions as having been ‘challenging’. Analysis of the figures often reveals that, in fact, it was the clichéd ‘year of two halves’ and that over the course of the second half, a sense... Read more
Turnaround and leadership in retail
There is only one thing that has remained consistent in the retail market over the past 10 years and that is the pace of change. Most recently the pressure put on the “squeezed middle” is relentless. Aldi, Lidl, Primark and Poundland are booming. Luxury brands continue to be fuelled by the South... Read more
Improvements in the recruitment of executive marketing professionals
It’s been a challenging few years if you have been looking for a new marketing director job. The top end of the market has been sluggish, new opportunities have been sporadic and the recruitment process has typically taken longer than desired. While there have been opportunities available, the... Read more
CFO to CEO in an improving economic climate
The return to a stronger economic climate means lower unemployment rates, discussions around increased interest rates, a housing market recovery, heightening consumer confidence and business investment reviews. Will these changes impact the style and background of new CEO appointments in the near... Read more
The talent acquisition challenges of international expansion
Developing your business in a new country will involve risks and there are certain factors you’ll need to carefully consider to ensure success in the future.   For some time now retail and consumer companies have looked outside of the UK to grow their businesses. In most cases, the UK is a... Read more
The Seven Secrets of Leadership
The Seven Secrets of Leadership: complete article series What makes a great global leader? Page Executive interviewed over forty business leaders across Asia Pacific and Australia, Europe and the Americas for their views on leadership. The result of this work is a series of short articles on the... Read more
The Seven Secrets of Leadership
Secret#7: Influence through interaction What makes a great global leader? Page Executive interviewed over forty business leaders across Asia Pacific and Australia, Europe and the Americas for their views on leadership. The result of this work is a series of short articles on the topic of... Read more
Insight into cost transformation
In an interview with Shahzad Saleem, managing director for cost transformation within BT plc, the subject of identifying, developing and nurturing talent was a central theme.   In a 12 year career with BT, Shahzad Saleem has been pivotal to the success of the whole concept of cost transformation... Read more
The Seven Secrets of Leadership
Secret #6: It’s the era of the digital leader What makes a great global leader? Page Executive interviewed over forty business leaders across Asia Pacific and Australia, Europe and the Americas for their views on leadership. The result of this work is a series of short articles on the topic of... Read more
The Seven Secrets of Leadership
Secret #5: Look cross-functionally and focus on the performance What makes a great global leader? Page Executive interviewed over forty business leaders across Asia Pacific and Australia, Europe and the Americas for their views on leadership. The result of this work is a series of short articles... Read more

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