What does today’s C-suite look like at major employers? And more importantly, how is this inner circle of leaders evolving, year by year?
Each year at LinkedIn, we analyze 100,000 or more U.S. hiring decisions involving people with “chief” in their job titles. The traditional Big Three roles — chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief finance officer — remain the areas seeing the most hiring. But the C-suite keeps getting wider, with lots of action in 51 (yes, 51!) other C-suite roles we analyzed.
For the second year in a row, the most intense hiring push involves chief diversity and inclusion officers (or slight variants on that title. In recent months, high-profile companies such as Citi, UnitedHealth and private-equity giant KKR all have announced such hires. So, too, have academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of North Texas.
All told, hiring of chief diversity and inclusion officers soared 111% (as a share of all hires) during the 12-month period ended August 31, as seen in the chart below. That’s even faster than last year’s tempo, when hiring of chief diversity officers soared 84%.