Capturing the changing dynamics of leadership hiring: CXO Moves Annual Report

The CXO Moves Annual report is a ready reckoner that is designed to enhance the CXO hiring process.
CXO Moves Annual Report 20-21T: A study of C-Suite Movements in India
CXO Moves Annual Report 20-21T: A study of C-Suite Movements in India
Published on Aug 10, 2021 05:51 PM IST
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India, 10th August 2021: The CXO Moves Annual Report – 2020-21, a joint report prepared by Sapphire Human Solutions, India’s most agile executive search firm and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the voice of India’s business and industry, was launched at the Smart & Sustainable Leadership Hiring Colloquium: Attracting the Desired Leadership Talent.

Delivering the Welcome Address Mr. Ankit Bansal, Founder & CEO, Sapphire Human Solutions said “Over the years, the business ecology has become much more complex and uncertain than ever before. Considering every constant, every variable, coming to the right conclusion is critical to the success of any business. And hiring the right leadership talent probably sits right at the top of the decision-you-cannot-go-wrong pyramid given the VUCA world we operate in. The CXO Moves Annual report is a ready reckoner that is designed to enhance the CXO hiring process. The purpose of this comprehensive study was to understand the CXOs across industries and to succinctly showcase the underlying trends, gain inferences, thereby enhancing the decision-making process for CXO hiring. This report is the culmination of year-long research jointly done by Sapphire Human Solutions and FICCI analysing more than 4000 CXO movements that took place and were reported in the year 2020 - 21.”

SHL Presents Smart and Sustainable Leadership Hiring Colloquium
SHL Presents Smart and Sustainable Leadership Hiring Colloquium


The report was unveiled by key dignitaries including Mr. Dilip Chenoy, SG, FICC, Ranjan K. Mohapatra, Co-Chair, FICCI HR Committee & Director HR, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Mr. Sushant Dwivedy, Managing Director (India and Philippines), SHL, Manish Singhal, DSG, FICCI, Ms. Madhavi Lall, Head HR, Deutsche Bank and Mr. Ankit Bansal, Founder & CEO, Sapphire Human Solutions.

The increasing business complexities of the ever-evolving business ecosystem has only increased the challenges of leadership hiring. This report is designed to serve as a ready reference point for organisations in their CXO Hiring process. Some of the insights this report brings to light are –

  • The number of CXO moves recorded every month, showcasing which months did the movement’s peak and which months were lean.
  • Leadership hiring trends across sectors and the sectors that recorded the most movements.
  • Exploring the preferred hiring mechanism, whether organisations relied more on internal promotions or on external hiring.
  • Assessing where the movements were occurring the most, whether in Indian companies or MNCs.
  • Assessing movements of women leaders across sectors

With many such insights, this report aims to equip organisations with relevant data points and analysis that would help them make informed decisions when hiring CXOs.

Delivering the Opening Remarks Mr. Dilip Chenoy, Secretary-General, FICCI said, “Most businesses have remained resilient led by people being resilient for which HR teams deserve kudos and appreciation. They have looked at challenges on decreased demand and disrupted supply chain.”

Unveiling of the CXO Moves Annual Report 2020-21 by Key Dignitaries
Unveiling of the CXO Moves Annual Report 2020-21 by Key Dignitaries


Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra - Co-Chair, FICCI HR Committee & Director HR, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd while presenting the Special Address said, “Job expectations in the corporates have changed where companies have come to expect much more from their C level executives because you need different and new skills to deal with today’s business.”

Mr. Sushant Dwivedy, Managing Director – SHL (India & Philippines) & Member of Thought Leaders of India, while delivering the opening address at the event said, “Mobilizing leaders has always been challenging and more so post covid. The world is changing due to multiple factors like the rapid adoption of smart technology, a growing gig economy, need for diversity and inclusion alongside an unending dynamic list of change; businesses and roles will need to rapidly adapt themselves. Organizations need to assess beyond competencies and add the Power of Context to their evaluation metrics for leadership roles to drive a 4X improvement in their performance. Having a right fit leader is critical for any business unit.”

Mr. Vijay Chandok, MD & CEO, ICICI Securities & Member of Thought Leaders of India delivered the Keynote Address at this colloquium. Speaking on ‘Why Leadership Hiring is Important to an Organisation’ Mr. Chandok said “Leadership today, need to think in a multi-modal way in terms of time frame. It’s not just about thinking short-term but long term. The leadership needs to have the necessary skills to work in a multi modal pattern.”

Highlighting the Evolving Leadership Priorities in the VUCA World, Mr. Anadi Sinha, Group President, UNO Minda Group said “During this pandemic, we have learned to become more communicative, flexible, nimble, and agile. Our decision-making has become very quick and immediate.”

While speaking on women in the leadership, Mr. Ashish Pradhan, President Asia, Siegwerk & Member of Thought Leaders of India shared “In India, gender equality and diversity are gaining momentum yet then if we see from a global perspective, we still have a long way to go. The corporate world simply reflects on what is happening in our society.”

Sapphire Human Solutions and Federation of Indian Commerce of Chambers and Industry plan on establishing this as an annual feature, enhancing the CXO hiring process by providing actionable insights derived from every-day news reports.


Disclaimer: This content is distributed by SRV Media. No HT journalist is involved in creation of this content.

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