The CEO increasingly defines the success of a company. The global economy is becoming increasingly complex, and companies are facing tighter regulations, tougher competition, more complex back-office structures as well as the uncertainty of new markets and technologies. In addition, the networking of companies with one another as well as with their customers and the environment is also increasing. To thrive in this climate, general managers are required who can point to more than just a copybook resume. The CEO of today is technically adept, and has strategic foresight that combines technological, regulatory and economic opportunities. This expertise is required to combine with the ability to engage and inspire stakeholders at all levels across the organization: from board members to a multicultural workforce, and from consumers through to the media.