Following our yearly tradition, SBS Swiss Business School made an analysis of the profile of the CEO’s of the Top 20 SMI companies. The SMI is the Swiss Market Index which lists the top 20 public companies with the biggest blue chips in Switzerland.
The biggest surprise of the research is that all CEO’s are male this year. Women are part of the Board of Management, but no single female was appointed as CEO. The average age of the CEO’s is 49 years. The nationalities from the CEO’s are this year a bit different to last year; 25% of the companies have American CEO’s, 20% are German and 15% are Swiss. In order to advance in their career, an MBA was a very helpful tool. 50% of the current CEO’s possess an MBA.
Women are more represented in SME’s (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises). It is also common to find in the SME segment female CEO’s. The overall conclusion of our study says that it is worth to invest in your education in order to enhance your future career chances.