Report: Characteristics of Successful Technology CEOs

January 2009

We have completed our research into Characteristics of Successful Technology CEOs. We invite you to download the final report.
I must admit I was surprised at some of these results in spite of assisting search committees select CEOs for over a decade. Busting some of these myths may prove to be very useful in improving the performance of our corporations.

The new report is available to download here.

In 6 sections we investigate the impact on CEO success at public technology companies in New England of these factors:

  • Education
    What Education do these CEOs have?
    Does an Ivy League degree matter?
  • Experience
    What functional experience do these CEOs have?
  • Internal Promotions vs. External Hires:
    Which ones perform better? How do founders perform?
    You would be surprised with these results.
  • Age:
    What is the optimal age for a CEO?
  • Tenure:
    How long have they been in the role and how long have they been with the company?
  • Combined Chairman and CEO:
    Is the role combination or separation a positive correlation to success?

I hope that you find this study both informative and insightful. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this study further, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your input will help fuel investments in future research we publish.

Wishing you all the best for 2009!

Dora Vell
Vell Executive Search
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