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A BACKGROUND in finance continues to be the most common career history of today’s FTSE 100 CEOs, with almost one in four company bosses holding a qualification in accounting, recruitment specialists Robert Half have said.

According to Robert Half’s annual FTSE 100 CEO Tracker, 55% of chief executives come from a finance background compared to 21% in retail/hospitality, 15% in engineering/natural resources, 15% in marketing and 14% in technology.

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The majority of today’s CEOs move from a senior role in the same industry, showing continuing importance placed on building up a credible understanding of a single sector when aiming to move into a C-suite role.

Phil Sheridan, UK managing director at Robert Half, said: “In these increasingly complex global operating environments, leaders who are able to traverse the commercial landscape while maintaining strong fiscal responsibility are in greatest demand. This trend is supported by this year’s findings where experience within a single industry combined with a foundation in finance is what organisations seek from those taking the helm.”

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