The Rise in Interim Appointments Within Global Organisations

Stephanie Beaumont

There is a significant increase in demand (+116% YOY) for interim leadership at all levels of organizations. Companies are increasingly turning to on-demand talent for experienced leadership at the C-suite level (+78% YOY), with especially acute needs for CEOs (+220% YOY), CMOs (+100% YOY), and Chief Transformation Officers (+100% YOY). This reflects the desire of companies to leverage more flexibility and bring in new skills to navigate economic uncertainty and rapidly changing markets.

With strategic expertise and operating experience at industry-leading organizations, these interim executive leaders enable organizations to align skills and leadership for the immediate future.

Most In-demand Projects and Skills
Researchers discovered that companies are seeking interim executives at all levels, with requests for interim leadership more than doubling from a 2022 report (+116% YOY), driven in large part by a demand for interim C-Level Executives. Business Processes are in the #2 most in demand projects in this study as leaders are also focusing on improving business processes in all functions to streamline operations and increase resilience with help from talent skilled in process optimization and transformation. To bring it all together, project management remains our #1 skill for the fifth year of this report in a row, as leaders look for expert help to drive key initiatives.

As companies respond with necessary cost reductions, interim executive talent can help leaders do more with less by providing critical support on projects in marketing and sales, business processes, and IT and tech transformations.

Interim Leadership on the top
Researchers noticed that the most significant demand is in the office of the CMO, with interim CMO requests increasing by 103% YOY, buoyed by the growing complexity of and turnover in the CMO role. Top companies are deploying highly skilled interim talent to fill critical leadership gaps, conduct capability build-outs, provide relief for leadership teams, and set the future permanent hire up for success.

Go-To-Market functions need Interim leaders.
At Scala Leadership, we’ve found that GTM Functions across Product, Marketing, Sales and Digital need also these on-demand talent. Companies need these functions to support some of the below activities:

☑️ GTM Strategy
☑️ Transformation of the relevant function
☑️ Digital and E-commerce Tactics
☑️ Product Development
☑️ Lead the implementation of a global growth strategy

On-demand talent and interim leaders are proving vital in helping organisations meet their companies demands, improve their organizational design and effectiveness, implement GTM strategy, and manage the fallout of constant change and uncertainty.

Scala Leadership enable’s businesses to execute their Go-To-Market strategies across Sales, Marketing, Product and Digital. We do this by sourcing exceptional senior leaders and interim talent, building high-performing global teams and mapping the competitive landscape. With 20 years’ experience, an extensive knowledge of global markets and access to wide-reaching networks of technology leaders, we are the global experts in sourcing for, and transforming go-to-market strategies.

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