4. Vice President, M-Commerce, Retail
M-commerce has become the new e-commerce, as sophisticated digital and mobile capability converges with consumers who are increasingly confident in and reliant on multi-tasking with their smartphones and tablets. Retailers continue to bring new mobile options to consumers, and with increased security advances in mobile devices and more sophisticated apps, executives who understand mobile user behaviour and needs will be in demand.
5. Managing Director, Data Scientist/Data Analytics Leader
Wrapping scientific data around human behaviours is becoming increasingly important in consulting, as well as in the consumer packaged goods and retail banking markets. Enhanced customer relationship management and the development of products and services based on predictive consumer behaviour spending patterns require the need for advanced interpretation of complex data sets. Utilising analytics and customer data is now primarily seen as a competitive tool that has a calculated ROI.
6. Chief Creative Officer, Media/Television
The proliferation of programming available through both traditional and non-traditional means, from cable TV to video on demand to new ways to watch content, have made the landscape for content highly competitive. Creative roles have always been key to any IP-driven business, but typically these positions have not been in the C-suite, with the exception of the founder.
7. Board Director, Digital
Many organisations still lack digital orientation and know-how on their boards of directors. This makes it difficult for a board to fully participate in strategic discussions regarding the opportunities presented by digital technology and digital-based services, or even ask senior management the right questions. Hence, boards will need leaders with the depth of experience, operational understanding, strategic business insights, and gravitas to provide strong leadership and influence on digital matters.
8. Chief Information Officer, 2015
Wither the CIO? Not quite, according to CTPartners.The CIO of the coming years, dubbed "CIO 2015", is at the forefront of many trends associated with other hot jobs: data, mobile, digital and analytics. The CIO's focus has migrated from the back office to the boardroom, making the role more visible, in greater demand and hotter than ever. In addition, many companies are adding "Senior Vice President" or other monikers to CIO titles, reflecting the increasing importance of IT within organisations and the increasing responsibility of the CIO.
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