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In the news 2015

This City A.M. article looks at the rise of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) amongst the world's top 1500 companies by revenue. Martin Roets, a London-based Principal at Strategy&, comments on the study, saying that the "The CDO’s job is to steer the company through an era of mass disruption in every aspect of its external relationships and internal operations."
This Financial Times article looks at the increasing concern of the UK big four supermarkets at the introduction of Amazon’s grocery delivery service, predicted to be available in the UK almost as early as this year. Thom Blischok, US-based chief retail strategist at Strategy&, part of the PwC network, has commented on the success of Amazon deliveries in the United States and its move in to the UK market.
This Financial Times article highlights the challenges of measuring viewership figures across traditional broadcast mediums as more viewers explore different ways to view content. Strategy&’s recent report titled ‘The Digital Future of Creative Europe’ is referenced noting that: “If the service is of value to consumers, they will continue to shift their time to these sites — and the advertising money will ultimately follow.”
This Financial Times article highlights the findings of the 15th Strategy& Chief Executive Study which shows that even planned appointments of CEOs hit total shareholder returns. The study looks at chief executive succession in the world’s 2,500 largest quoted companies by market value. Per-Ola Karlsson, a partner at Strategy&, says any change at the top ‘creates a lack of clarity at a company, resulting in a loss of momentum and things stalling or slowing down’.
The biggest firms in the world are opting to plan for their bosses’ successions rather than firing them in a panic, a new report has claimed. This City A.M. article cites the 2014 Strategy& Chief Executive Study which finds that when firms perform poorly and fire the chief executive, the uncertainty unleashed by the change at the top can lead to a vicious cycle of bad performance and sackings.
The Financial Times cites the findings of Strategy&’s 2014 Chief Executive Study which examines chief executive turnover at the world’s 2,500 largest public companies. The research finds that 78% of new male chief executives were insiders, while for women that number was 65%.
In a by-lined article by the Harvard Business Review, Jorg Niessing and James Walker from Strategy& talk about how technological advances in recent years have resulted in three major trends that have revolutionised the business world; Big Data, Digitisation, and Client-Centricity. These trends have changed the types and amounts of data that can be collected, and have encouraged the use of analytical methods to interpret the data so that it can be used for real-time decision making. This is what is called Demand Analytics. Please note the original article is in French.
Public companies in North America made up more than one-third of the world’s 2,500 largest groups by market value last year for the first time since before the financial crisis. The article cites analysis from Strategy&, which shows that the proportion of US and Canadian groups in the top 2,500 ranking is the highest since 2006, when they made up almost 40 percent. But the same numbers from Western Europe and Japan are still below 2006 levels, at 21.6 percent and 8.6 percent respectively.