The 2014 Study of CEOs, Governance, and Success

This is the 15th year that Strategy& has examined CEO successions and success among the world’s top 2,500 public companies. This year we’ve assessed how much progress companies have made toward better CEO succession planning and how much value some companies are leaving on the table with poor planning. explore the study >

The value of getting CEO succession right

How companies can improve their CEO succession planning. view the report >


SoundBite: Why strategy matters

Strategy& CEO Cesare Mainardi and Senior Partner Paul Leinwand provide a practical guide for using capabilities to build your company’s engine for growth.

Fit for Growth

Strategy&’s approach to transforming your company’s performance and accelerating growth.

find out more >

Fit for Growth is a registered service mark of PwC Strategy& LLC in the United States.


2015 Industry Trends

See what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for your company in 2015 and beyond.

find out more >

Strategy&: Changing the game for our clients

Strategy& combines Booz & Company’s legacy of practical strategy with the experience, breadth, and depth of the PwC network to form the first truly strategy-through-execution consulting firm.

learn more >

 

A career at Strategy& brings a world of possibilities

Imagine a place where some of the smartest people tackle the most critical issues confronting business leaders around the world. 

see where a career at Strategy& can take you >

The digital future of creative Europe
May 21, 2015  
Digitization and the internet are often named as the root causes for some of the creative industries’ biggest problems - but a report released by Strategy&, and commissioned by Google Inc., has found that the vast majority of all growth generated in today’s creative industries is digital.
Episode 50: A decade of M&A
May 20, 2015  
Strategy& Senior Partners Gerald Adolph and Tom Flaherty, Strategy& Partner J Neely and PwC Deals Partner Gregg Nahass look back at the deals environment in 2006, the year the Mergercast by Strategy& podcast was launched, and contrast it with the M&A environment as it stands today.
Strategy& Foresight: Why strategy matters
May 12, 2015  
In the new issue of Strategy& Foresight newsletter, our CEO Cesare Mainardi highlights three pieces of thought leadership that provide a master class in how to land the right strategy and how to execute it.
find out more about right-sourcing the value chain in banking
May 7, 2015  
For banks, the reduced costs from outsourcing have run their course. Given regulatory changes and the threat from new market entrants, they will likely need a new approach: right-sourcing. A five-step process can help them strategically identify and pursue the right solution.
watch the video about opportunities in adversity
April 23, 2015  
Alison Baker, Head of UK Oil and Gas at PwC, and Viren Doshi, Head of Oil and Gas at Strategy&, look at the lessons that should be learned from previous price dips and the opportunities now open to firms as they navigate the volatile road ahead.
learn more about the Global Information Technology Report
April 15, 2015  
Developing and emerging economies are failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies to drive social and economic transformation, according to the 2015 edition of the World Economic Forum's report produced with the support of Strategy&.
find out more about how leadership accelerates transformation success
April 8, 2015  
The rapid pace of change is forcing companies to make large-scale transformations affecting every aspect of their business more frequently than ever. Companies need a distinctive transformation capability that will enable them to carry out companywide change on a regular basis.
find our more about New commercial pharma models
April 7, 2015  
Strategy& recently surveyed pharma executives across the U.S. and Europe to determine the extent to which new commercial models had been deployed, what lessons had been learned, and which elements executives consider worth investing in going forward.
March 25, 2015  
What must consumer goods companies do to develop a coherent approach to their portfolios? How can transactions further a coherence strategy, and exactly how should consumer goods companies design or tune their M&A efforts to maximize coherence?
March 18, 2015  
"PwC is well regarded worldwide by business consulting customers that view it as overall the most capable firm at helping them improve operational efficiency," the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Digital Enterprise Strategy Consulting Services 2015 Vendor Assessment report said.
March 9, 2015  
As the capital markets landscape changes, the market for post-trade services has come of age and represents a real opportunity for firms to generate stable and sustainable returns.
March 2, 2015  
Pharmaceutical companies face a major challenge that threatens reimbursement and value capture: The potential disruption from real world evidence (RWE) as a factor in evaluating new drugs.
February 26, 2015  
The low price of oil is creating a ripple effect across a number of industries and market segments. In this brief piece, Strategy& experts examine the impact $50 oil is currently having on spending within the oil and gas products and services space.
February 17, 2015  
Today’s airports are coming under increasing pressure to deliver profit in spite of growing complexity across their business. They now need to focus their operating expenses and investments on the capability areas that matter most. Read about the challenges and the opportunities in our latest report: "Airport operators quest for efficiency."
February 3, 2015  
Paul Leinwand, Senior Partner at Strategy&, discusses the emergence of the supercompetitor, new type of company that changes the very dynamics of its business environment. He also explores the role of M&A as a growth driver for these organizations.
January 20, 2015  
How are chief executives thinking about growth in a world without boundaries? Find out in PwC’s latest annual CEO survey.
November 11, 2014  
Our study ranks the 50 largest publicly held business-to-business suppliers of digitization-related products, services, and infrastructure. This year, cloud computing, digital fabrication, and the "Internet of things" are transforming how companies build and manage their IT.
October 30, 2014  
There is indeed a wearable future ahead, one that can dramatically alter the landscape of society and business as we know it — and it’s right around the corner. This PwC study, featuring insights from Matt Egol, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Strategy&’s Digital Services, looks at some of the strengths and opportunities for wearable tech.
find out more about the 2014 Global Innovation 1000
October 28, 2014  
For the 10th year, Strategy& analyzed R&D investment at the 1,000 biggest-spending public companies in the world, and examined changes in innovation over the past decade and what companies expect in the 10 years to come.
October 14, 2014  
Strategy& and INSEAD recently collaborated to research the link between demand analytics and commercial performance. Our findings show that companies with leading demand analytics capabilities demonstrated higher commercial performance levels.
August 12, 2014  
PwC was named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Strategy Consulting Services 2014 Vendor Assessment report. According to the report, "clients indicate they consider PwC to be better than many of its peers at maximizing the value of a project and integrating its project team with the client's."
June 11, 2014  
The June cover story of Consulting magazine features Strategy& CEO Cesare Mainardi and Strategy& Chairman/PwC’s Global Head of Consulting Tony Poulter explaining the exciting future of the newest consulting juggernaut.
April 23, 2014  
Executives disclose their companies have significant shortcomings when it comes to developing and executing strategy, according to a Strategy& survey of 501 executives at companies around the world with revenues of $500 million to more than $10 billion.
January 15, 2014  
Our most recent wealth insight looks at the prospects for the global wealth management industry in 2014/15. While prospects for wealth management have improved significantly over the last twelve months, wealth managers must learn new rules quickly and adapt their playbook accordingly.
 
Is your company ready for growth? Take our easy-to-use 5-minute interactive profiler to determine your company’s Fit for Growth Index score, see how it compares to competitors, and receive tailored recommendations for improving your company’s performance.
 
History is teeming with large, complex, one-off projects that are late and over budget. Over the past two decades, Strategy& has worked directly with more than 150 projects spanning industry, size, and phase of development to initiate, assess, build capability, and successfully guide lthese projects.
 
As the healthcare industry moves towards a more consumer-centric, value-based model, we at Strategy& see bundled care, if executed correctly, as offering the greatest potential to transform the industry. Strategy&’s construct, HeALS (Healthy, Acute, and Long-term Solutions), represents a wholesale transformation in care delivery.
 
Strategy&'s Trade Promotion Excellence (TPE) team offers clients the ability to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their trade promotion operations. This dedicated team is comprised of experts who bring significant practical experience and expertise to bear in helping consumer products companies improve their trade operations.

 

Transformative cost reduction for a regional health system
A large regional health system set an ambitious goal of achieving a 20% reduction on its $500 million cost base for centralized and facility-based support functions. Strategy& helped the leadership team identify up to $120 million in annual savings and $13 million in margin improvement.
Developing robust metrics and dashboards for marketing ROI
A leading international telecom company, in anticipation of its expansion into eight international markets, was looking for a more strategic and systematic approach to allocating its marketing spend across geographies. Find out how we helped design its systems, dashboards, and analytics.
U.S. Navy design for affordability
In September 2005, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, challenged his acquisition community to reduce Virginia-class submarine construction costs by 20%. See how Strategy& streamlined design costs for a large U.S. nuclear shipbuilder.

Our clients and our work

Our heritage of working on clients’ toughest problems, combined with the breadth and depth of the PwC network, means that we deliver speed, certainty, and impact. Whether it’s devising a corporate strategy or building capabilities by transforming functions and business units, we’ll help you create the value you’re looking for.

read more >

 

The 2014 Study of CEOs, Governance, and Success

This is the 15th year that Strategy& has examined CEO successions and success among the world’s top 2,500 public companies. This year we’ve assessed how much progress companies have made toward better CEO succession planning and how much value some companies are leaving on the table with poor planning.

explore the study >

SoundBite: Why strategy matters

Strategy& CEO Cesare Mainardi and Senior Partner Paul Leinwand provide a practical guide for using capabilities to build your company’s engine for growth.

watch video >

Fit for Growth

Strategy&’s approach to transforming your company’s performance and accelerating growth.

find out more >

Fit for Growth is a registered service mark of PwC Strategy& LLC in the United States.


2015 Industry Trends

See what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for your company in 2015 and beyond.

find out more >

Strategy&: Changing the game for our clients

Strategy& combines Booz & Company’s legacy of practical strategy with the experience, breadth, and depth of the PwC network to form the first truly strategy-through-execution consulting firm.

learn more >

A career at Strategy& brings a world of possibilities

Imagine a place where some of the smartest people tackle the most critical issues confronting business leaders around the world. 

see where a career at Strategy& can take you >

 

What’s new

The digital future of creative Europe
May 21, 2015  
Digitization and the internet are often named as the root causes for some of the creative industries’ biggest problems - but a report released by Strategy&, and commissioned by Google Inc., has found that the vast majority of all growth generated in today’s creative industries is digital.
Episode 50: A decade of M&A
May 20, 2015  
Strategy& Senior Partners Gerald Adolph and Tom Flaherty, Strategy& Partner J Neely and PwC Deals Partner Gregg Nahass look back at the deals environment in 2006, the year the Mergercast by Strategy& podcast was launched, and contrast it with the M&A environment as it stands today.
Strategy& Foresight: Why strategy matters
May 12, 2015  
In the new issue of Strategy& Foresight newsletter, our CEO Cesare Mainardi highlights three pieces of thought leadership that provide a master class in how to land the right strategy and how to execute it.
find out more about right-sourcing the value chain in banking
May 7, 2015  
For banks, the reduced costs from outsourcing have run their course. Given regulatory changes and the threat from new market entrants, they will likely need a new approach: right-sourcing. A five-step process can help them strategically identify and pursue the right solution.
watch the video about opportunities in adversity
April 23, 2015  
Alison Baker, Head of UK Oil and Gas at PwC, and Viren Doshi, Head of Oil and Gas at Strategy&, look at the lessons that should be learned from previous price dips and the opportunities now open to firms as they navigate the volatile road ahead.
learn more about the Global Information Technology Report
April 15, 2015  
Developing and emerging economies are failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies to drive social and economic transformation, according to the 2015 edition of the World Economic Forum's report produced with the support of Strategy&.
find out more about how leadership accelerates transformation success
April 8, 2015  
The rapid pace of change is forcing companies to make large-scale transformations affecting every aspect of their business more frequently than ever. Companies need a distinctive transformation capability that will enable them to carry out companywide change on a regular basis.
find our more about New commercial pharma models
April 7, 2015  
Strategy& recently surveyed pharma executives across the U.S. and Europe to determine the extent to which new commercial models had been deployed, what lessons had been learned, and which elements executives consider worth investing in going forward.
March 25, 2015  
What must consumer goods companies do to develop a coherent approach to their portfolios? How can transactions further a coherence strategy, and exactly how should consumer goods companies design or tune their M&A efforts to maximize coherence?
March 18, 2015  
"PwC is well regarded worldwide by business consulting customers that view it as overall the most capable firm at helping them improve operational efficiency," the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Digital Enterprise Strategy Consulting Services 2015 Vendor Assessment report said.
March 9, 2015  
As the capital markets landscape changes, the market for post-trade services has come of age and represents a real opportunity for firms to generate stable and sustainable returns.
March 2, 2015  
Pharmaceutical companies face a major challenge that threatens reimbursement and value capture: The potential disruption from real world evidence (RWE) as a factor in evaluating new drugs.
February 26, 2015  
The low price of oil is creating a ripple effect across a number of industries and market segments. In this brief piece, Strategy& experts examine the impact $50 oil is currently having on spending within the oil and gas products and services space.
February 17, 2015  
Today’s airports are coming under increasing pressure to deliver profit in spite of growing complexity across their business. They now need to focus their operating expenses and investments on the capability areas that matter most. Read about the challenges and the opportunities in our latest report: "Airport operators quest for efficiency."
February 3, 2015  
Paul Leinwand, Senior Partner at Strategy&, discusses the emergence of the supercompetitor, new type of company that changes the very dynamics of its business environment. He also explores the role of M&A as a growth driver for these organizations.
January 20, 2015  
How are chief executives thinking about growth in a world without boundaries? Find out in PwC’s latest annual CEO survey.
November 11, 2014  
Our study ranks the 50 largest publicly held business-to-business suppliers of digitization-related products, services, and infrastructure. This year, cloud computing, digital fabrication, and the "Internet of things" are transforming how companies build and manage their IT.
October 30, 2014  
There is indeed a wearable future ahead, one that can dramatically alter the landscape of society and business as we know it — and it’s right around the corner. This PwC study, featuring insights from Matt Egol, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Strategy&’s Digital Services, looks at some of the strengths and opportunities for wearable tech.
find out more about the 2014 Global Innovation 1000
October 28, 2014  
For the 10th year, Strategy& analyzed R&D investment at the 1,000 biggest-spending public companies in the world, and examined changes in innovation over the past decade and what companies expect in the 10 years to come.
October 14, 2014  
Strategy& and INSEAD recently collaborated to research the link between demand analytics and commercial performance. Our findings show that companies with leading demand analytics capabilities demonstrated higher commercial performance levels.
August 12, 2014  
PwC was named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Strategy Consulting Services 2014 Vendor Assessment report. According to the report, "clients indicate they consider PwC to be better than many of its peers at maximizing the value of a project and integrating its project team with the client's."
June 11, 2014  
The June cover story of Consulting magazine features Strategy& CEO Cesare Mainardi and Strategy& Chairman/PwC’s Global Head of Consulting Tony Poulter explaining the exciting future of the newest consulting juggernaut.
April 23, 2014  
Executives disclose their companies have significant shortcomings when it comes to developing and executing strategy, according to a Strategy& survey of 501 executives at companies around the world with revenues of $500 million to more than $10 billion.
January 15, 2014  
Our most recent wealth insight looks at the prospects for the global wealth management industry in 2014/15. While prospects for wealth management have improved significantly over the last twelve months, wealth managers must learn new rules quickly and adapt their playbook accordingly.
 
Is your company ready for growth? Take our easy-to-use 5-minute interactive profiler to determine your company’s Fit for Growth Index score, see how it compares to competitors, and receive tailored recommendations for improving your company’s performance.
 
History is teeming with large, complex, one-off projects that are late and over budget. Over the past two decades, Strategy& has worked directly with more than 150 projects spanning industry, size, and phase of development to initiate, assess, build capability, and successfully guide lthese projects.
 
As the healthcare industry moves towards a more consumer-centric, value-based model, we at Strategy& see bundled care, if executed correctly, as offering the greatest potential to transform the industry. Strategy&’s construct, HeALS (Healthy, Acute, and Long-term Solutions), represents a wholesale transformation in care delivery.
 
Strategy&'s Trade Promotion Excellence (TPE) team offers clients the ability to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their trade promotion operations. This dedicated team is comprised of experts who bring significant practical experience and expertise to bear in helping consumer products companies improve their trade operations.

 

Featured experts

Strategy&’s experts around the globe have helped many of the world’s leading institutions solve some of their toughest problems, and capture their greatest opportunities. Our people are committed to our clients’ success, focused on helping you achieve essential advantage.

Fadi Majdalani is the leader of Strategy&'s Engineered Products and Services practice in the Middle East. His work has included strategy-based transformation programs for regional airlines, national postal operators, and railway operators.
Jai Sinha is the Managing Director for Strategy&’s India practice. He has over 17 years of experience in consulting, serving the senior client agenda across multiple geographies and industry verticals.
John Plansky
John Plansky is an expert in the restructuring of the global Information Technology function to enhance value for financial institutions and leads Fit for Growth projects for clients in the financial services industry.
Vanessa Wallace leads the financial services practice for Global Markets. Her strategy work has included agenda-setting programs across multiple industries including insurance, wealth management and banking, civil public sector, consumer products, retail and healthcare.
Barry Jaruzelski
Barry Jaruzelski specializes in corporate and product strategy and the transformation of core innovation processes for high technology and industrial clients. He was singled out as one of Consulting magazine's Top 25 Consultants of 2013.
Vinay Couto
Vinay Couto leads global shared services and outsourcing advisory work, specializing in Fit for Growth transformations. He has worked with clients across a variety of industries and is a three-time recipient of Strategy&'s Professional Excellence Award.
Christopher Vollmer focuses on developing digital businesses and innovative user experiences for leading companies across media, technology and consumer marketing. He was named a top 10 global digital marketing influencer by Forbes Insights and Appinions.
Earl Simpkins is a Partner in Strategy&’s Energy, Chemicals, and Utilities practice. His expertise includes corporate and business-unit strategy, regulatory strategy, performance management and strategy-based transformation.
Sarah Butler
Sarah Butler is Managing Director of Strategy&, Greater China. Based in Asia-Pacific for more than 20 years, she brings a wealth of global and local expertise in helping clients succeed in China.
Richard Rawlinson has led and managed a wide range of assignments, including global organizational strategies for several of the world’s largest consumer companies.

 

Client impact

Our heritage of working on clients’ toughest problems, combined with the breadth and depth of the PwC network, means that we deliver speed, certainty, and impact. Whether it’s devising a corporate strategy or building capabilities by transforming functions and business units, we’ll help you create the value you’re looking for.

Transformative cost reduction for a regional health system
A large regional health system set an ambitious goal of achieving a 20% reduction on its $500 million cost base for centralized and facility-based support functions. Strategy& helped the leadership team identify up to $120 million in annual savings and $13 million in margin improvement.
Developing robust metrics and dashboards for marketing ROI
A leading international telecom company, in anticipation of its expansion into eight international markets, was looking for a more strategic and systematic approach to allocating its marketing spend across geographies. Find out how we helped design its systems, dashboards, and analytics.
U.S. Navy design for affordability
In September 2005, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, challenged his acquisition community to reduce Virginia-class submarine construction costs by 20%. See how Strategy& streamlined design costs for a large U.S. nuclear shipbuilder.

 

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Thought leadership and management magazine published by Strategy&.

Please explore our extensive coverage of business strategy, organizational leadership, and the trends underneath everyday business news headlines. Our purpose is to illuminate the complex choices that leaders face — in corporate strategy, marketing, operations, human capital, public presence, governance, and other domains — and the impact of their decisions.