The C-Suite is in bad need of a facelift. As technology advances, regulations change, and cultural norms shift, traditional, high-level positions are showing their wrinkles.
Dennis Carey, vice chairman of executive search firm Korn/Ferry International, believes several new C-Suite titles will be created in the next three to five years. Companies are facing "an onslaught of challenges," he says, "which in some cases have no historical precedent."
John Wood, vice chairman and global managing partner of the CEO and board practice at Heidrick & Struggles, another executive search firm, agrees. "[Some companies] have come to the conclusion that the content of these [new] areas justifies the creation of new titles, eclipsing the tried and true notion that specialists should be reporting to the generalists."
In light of this transformation, Fortune talked to Carey and Wood and created a list of the seven executives that will round out the new C-Suite. It remains to be seen if these new titles will stick or see the light of day. Regardless, the "transformation to a new C-Suite structure is not here yet," says Carey. "But it is coming."
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