Still, there is plenty of activity in other executive management ranks. Hot skill sets sought after during the third quarter include:
- Online business-to-consumer: eBay, Dell, Activation Blizzard, Akamai, Logitech and countless others made executive moves that show they understand the importance of capturing online consumers.
- Online payments: Amex and Tier Technologies are two companies whose recent hires demonstrate an understanding that the online payment space is heating up.
- Mobile and security: The demand for experience in these sectors is manifesting in companies as diverse as F5 Networks, Real Networks and Isolon.
- Business Intelligence: Analytics remain a core focus, with companies like Teradata making key hires on this front.
Public sector experience and communication with D.C. was a running theme in third quarter. Tech companies are moving to beef up teams, adding retired U.S. Generals to their boards, and placing savvy senior executives in charge of government relations. Last quarter’s theme of separating the Chair and CEO roles continued over the past three months. All the while, storage companies made plenty of changes at the board levels. This appears more like an effort to grow and add skills than restructure as the market becomes more competitive.
We are adding additional entries to our blog over the next couple of weeks that support these themes within the management teams of smaller companies and other different roles in the larger companies. We also invite you to read our latest newsletter here.