Forecast 2021: PwC’s Global Chairman on strategy and our CEO survey

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03/18/21

We discuss findings from PwC's Global CEO Survey and the resulting strategic implications for companies.

In our Forecast 2021 podcast series, we’re focused on preparing you for the year ahead by offering insights to help you better understand and manage some of the opportunities and challenges that your company might face—think policy, technology, and other big picture topics.

PwC recently released the findings from its 24th Annual Global CEO Survey, so this week host Heather Horn sat down with Bob Moritz, PwC’s Global Chairman, to look at a few of the emerging trends from the report. But she didn’t let him off that easy - listen to hear Bob’s candid thoughts on strategy and leadership.

Topics include:

  • 1:03 - Findings from PwC’s 24th annual CEO Survey. The robust amount of data rendered from PwC’s CEO Survey came from companies of all sizes across the globe and they had a lot to say. Heather and Bob hit on a handful of the highlights:
    • 2:07 - CEO optimism
    • 5:53 - Innovation
    • 11:04 - ESG
    • 14:05 - The reinvented workplace
    • 19:13 - Trade dynamics
  • 24:25 - How to set—and execute—a strategy. By acknowledging the need for change, putting the right processes in place, accumulating quality data and proactively telling your story, Bob distills what he sees as the fundamentals to creating a winning strategy that engages all stakeholders.
  • 38:50 - Leadership lightning round. We close with a few fun, rapid fire questions to hear Bob’s perspective on topics like how to come back from a setback, the characteristics of a great leader, and ways to find balance in this 24/7 environment.

Want to learn more? Explore the full report of findings in PwC's 24th Annual Global CEO Survey and related webcast.

About our guest

Bob Moritz serves as the Global Chairman of the PwC International Network, which supports over 250,000 employees in 158 countries who proudly serve clients across the globe, ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups. Previously, serving as the PwC US Chairman and senior partner, Bob focused on increasing quality, building the PwC brand in the marketplace, and hiring and developing talent with an eye toward the future. Bob currently sits on a number of boards, including the Business Roundtable, the Oswego College Foundation, the Conference Board, and the International Business Community of the World Economic Forum.

About our host

Heather Horn is PwC's National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

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Heather Horn

Heather Horn

US Strategic Thought Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

David Schmid

David Schmid

International Accounting Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

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