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

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.


Strategy&: Changing the game

PwC’s 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 team.

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 >

PwC positioned as a leader in enterprise architecture services
August 17, 2015  
The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Architecture Service Providers report Q1, 2015 (Forrester Research) notes that "PwC has developed its EA practice around its own suite of frameworks, including a transformation life cycle, a strategy framework, an operating model framework, an architecture delivery framework, and industry-specific reference operating models."
Why does big data matter?
August 13, 2015  
Companies are using advanced data analytics to focus on a range of new business problems, and have identified several keys to success in using big data.
Gartner names PwC as a leader in enterprise architecture consultancies
August 10, 2015  
See why Gartner positioned PwC as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture.
Strategy& Foresight: Let’s make a deal (the right deal)
August 7, 2015  
This issue of Strategy& Foresight is a roadmap to ensure your company makes the smartest acquisitions possible. See our insights and most important perspectives selected by our leaders Leslie Moeller and Dr. Joachim Rotering.
Virtual health
July 27, 2015  
Successful virtual health strategies will help health systems achieve four important business objectives: better outcomes, improved access and patient experience, reduced costs, and revenue growth.
Staking Your Claim in the Healthcare Gold Rush
July 20, 2015  
Revolutionary changes in the delivery, financing, and management of healthcare present a choice: Do you want to be a gold miner or a bartender?
Infographic: Deals that win
July 14, 2015  
Twelve years of data show that mergers and acquisitions that apply or enhance capabilities produce superior returns. See for yourself what the benefits are in conducting deals that are capabilities-driven.
Serving the connected consumer of the future
June 23, 2015  
A joint Strategy& and Electronic Transactions Association survey recently studied 1000+ consumers, 25+ merchants, and 50+ payments executives to understand consumer and merchant pain points and overlay against payment providers perception of the market.
Healthcare providers take on the payor role
May 28, 2015  
U.S. healthcare networks are struggling with the decision of whether to acquire the insurance component of the healthcare system so that they can manage both the care and the risk. The strategy for providers depends largely on the market.
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.
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 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.
2015 Industry Trends
January 13, 2015  
See what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for your company in 2015 and beyond.
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.

 

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

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.


Strategy&: Changing the game

PwC’s 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 team.

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

PwC positioned as a leader in enterprise architecture services
August 17, 2015  
The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Architecture Service Providers report Q1, 2015 (Forrester Research) notes that "PwC has developed its EA practice around its own suite of frameworks, including a transformation life cycle, a strategy framework, an operating model framework, an architecture delivery framework, and industry-specific reference operating models."
Why does big data matter?
August 13, 2015  
Companies are using advanced data analytics to focus on a range of new business problems, and have identified several keys to success in using big data.
Gartner names PwC as a leader in enterprise architecture consultancies
August 10, 2015  
See why Gartner positioned PwC as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture.
Strategy& Foresight: Let’s make a deal (the right deal)
August 7, 2015  
This issue of Strategy& Foresight is a roadmap to ensure your company makes the smartest acquisitions possible. See our insights and most important perspectives selected by our leaders Leslie Moeller and Dr. Joachim Rotering.
Virtual health
July 27, 2015  
Successful virtual health strategies will help health systems achieve four important business objectives: better outcomes, improved access and patient experience, reduced costs, and revenue growth.
Staking Your Claim in the Healthcare Gold Rush
July 20, 2015  
Revolutionary changes in the delivery, financing, and management of healthcare present a choice: Do you want to be a gold miner or a bartender?
Infographic: Deals that win
July 14, 2015  
Twelve years of data show that mergers and acquisitions that apply or enhance capabilities produce superior returns. See for yourself what the benefits are in conducting deals that are capabilities-driven.
Serving the connected consumer of the future
June 23, 2015  
A joint Strategy& and Electronic Transactions Association survey recently studied 1000+ consumers, 25+ merchants, and 50+ payments executives to understand consumer and merchant pain points and overlay against payment providers perception of the market.
Healthcare providers take on the payor role
May 28, 2015  
U.S. healthcare networks are struggling with the decision of whether to acquire the insurance component of the healthcare system so that they can manage both the care and the risk. The strategy for providers depends largely on the market.
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.
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 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.
2015 Industry Trends
January 13, 2015  
See what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for your company in 2015 and beyond.
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.

 

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.
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 M. Wallace
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.

 

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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