US CEO views on economy and business

2014 US CEO Survey
Good to grow

US CEOs find reasons to be more confident
  • Hiring plans highest in five years
  • Quick to reassess international opportunities
  • Untapped value in products and services
As business model disruptions unfold
  • Technology remaking operations
  • Tax, regulatory uncertainty large
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Policy shifts in financial services and healthcare. Advancing technologies that disrupt traditional business models. The US energy boom. Our research details how CEOs are resolved to reconfigure their businesses to capitalize on these waves of change.

Technology’s impact is felt in the front, middle, and back office, all in service of upgrading the customer experience . CEOs seek alliances to capture disruptive technologies even faster. In some cases, the business model itself is being innovated. Today’s employees will make or break these transformations. The CEO’s job to make sure they have the talent to do it. See how the value proposition can change across industries with an innovation like the driverless car.
 
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Chairman and CEO, Blackstone
Main themes

Digital transformation

Core innovation and information technology change the business inside and out.

New business models

US CEOs are on a hunt to uncover untapped value in their businesses and industries.

Connected customer

Going beyond the good experience to an ’always-on’ customer experience.
 

Remaking operations

With companies trying to get closer and closer to customers, everything from R&D to supply chains is ripe for transformation.

Building alliances

Alliances are strategic for a time when innovation capacity will determine growth prospects for many mainstream businesses.

Transforming talent

Addressing skills gaps is more than hiring new talent. CEOs taking a fresh look at the talent within.
 

CEO perspectives

Tom Linebarger,
Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc.,
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"Nearly every one of our customers sees their future growing outside of their home country. They’re trying to figure out how to access these other countries, from developed countries to emerging markets and back the other way. Because we’re positioned in both, we can help companies move their products to new markets."

James L. Gallogly,
CEO, LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
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"LyondellBasell has a very strong growth program, and we have quite a bit of confidence in it. I can say that for this reason: the United States is where we’re doing most of our investing over the next few years. The reason for that is the boom in shale gas. Because of shale gas, we have cheap natural gas feedstocks and, as a result, our products are generally cheaper than our competitors’ products in all regions except the Middle East."

Stephen A. Schwarzman,
Chairman and CEO, Blackstone
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"We do have forward momentum in the economy. It’s not what it should be. The reason it hasn’t rebounded in a much more vigorous way is that we’re bearing the burden of too much uncertainty in almost every area, whether it’s in the financial area with banking regulations, Basel III and Volcker rules, uncertainty on tax reform, or healthcare uncertainties with the Affordable Care Act. It makes it more difficult to plan and to have general confidence with so many things still to be determined, five years after the onset of the financial crisis."

Daniel B. Hurwitz,
CEO, DDR Corp.
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"Many companies, including us, are sitting on tremendous access to low cost capital, but are not sure what crisis may be created in Washington that is far removed from the facts and circumstances of Main Street. Job growth prospects are good; wage growth prospects are good. Left to its own devices, I think the economy will be fine. It will be moderate. And moderation is okay, because companies, I think, have figured out how to run their business very effectively in a 1.75 to 2.50 percent GDP environment."
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