CEO Pulse

PwC’s CEO pulse provides a temperature gauge of global CEO sentiment on a variety of topical business issues throughout the year. We poll a panel of almost 3,000 CEOs, up to four times each year, asking them for their thoughts on an array of topics impacting both business and wider society. At the same time, we ask participants about their confidence in revenue growth, and track this through our quarterly CEO confidence check.

Our latest CEO Pulse on Crisis

Can you recall a time when the world seemed quite as unpredictable and uncertain as it does today? In 2016 we saw the UK vote to leave the European Union, US electors chose a Republican outsider, President Donald J. Trump and a referendum on government reform in Italy that led to the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. 2017 will also test the political status quo, with four European Union elections and the UK’s hopeful triggering of Article 50 to leave the EU. Add to these events fluctuating currencies, sluggish growth, civil unrest and continued geo-political turmoil across the globe and it seems clear that for the foreseeable future the only certainty is more uncertainty.

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CEO Confidence Check

How confident are CEOs this quarter?

This quarter, we surveyed 1,379 CEOs from across the globe for the 20th anniversary of our Global CEO Survey. Over the past 20 years CEOs have witnessed huge upheavals as a result of globalisation. It’s brought many benefits, but also downsides and with greater convergence has come greater divergence in beliefs, values and systems.

Of course CEOs worry about economic and geo-political uncertainties. Yet they’re surprisingly optimistic about growth: 38% are very confident in their company’s 12-month revenue growth prospects. This is up 8% on the previous quarter.

Why such optimism? CEOs have undoubtedly had to cope with stormy conditions, so perhaps natural selection has played a part; anyone who reaches the top has already adapted to uncertainty. Alternatively, perhaps, CEOs have learned to look for the upside and seize on the opportunities uncertainty brings. One thing is clear; they’re not waiting things out. CEOs recognise that it’s not enough to focus on organic growth and cost reductions, important though these are. So they’re prioritising investment in innovation and digital capabilities.

For more on what’s on the mind of the CEO, check out our 20th CEO Survey. Will CEOs continue to feel as optimistic next quarter in this new norm? We’ll let you know.

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