What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like?

by Ken Favaro, Per-Ola Karlsson, and Gary L. Neilson

By 2040 we estimate that women will represent some 30 percent of the incoming class of the top 2,500 global CEOs. And that proportion will only increase over time.

To punctuate the rise of women leaders and to help personify the challenges CEOs will encounter by the middle of this century, we have envisioned a prototypical chief executive of 2040. We call her Melissa. She was born in the 1980s or . . .

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