INTERIM CEO

I help companies in a wide variety of industries create success for themselves, shareholders, employees, and customers.  My diverse background creates a broad perspective that will help your organization achieve its highest potential.

Frequently companies find themselves temporarily without a CEO. There are six reasons this happens:

  1. The CEO quit
  2. The CEO was fired
  3. The CEO retires with no successor
  4. The CEO takes a leave of absence
  5. Sickness
  6. Death

A company without a CEO can flounder and crash. Companies that lack CEO leadership are like a ship without a rudder.   An Interim CEO fills this leadership gap. An Interim CEO is an individual who is temporarily chosen to act as CEO and fills the gap between a CEO leaving and another being hired. The board of directors or stakeholders are responsible for hiring them.

Do you need an Interim CEO?  Someone who can help you see your business and your goals through fresh eyes.  Contact me and I will work with you to look at where you want to go and help you find the best way to get there!

Hiring an Interim CEO is all about time and money.  An Interim CEO can be in place in less than a week. This results in business momentum being maintained while searching for a replacement. A search can take 3-9 months.

9 Reasons to Hire an Interim CEO:

  1. Crisis management
  2. Direction change needed
  3. New technology implementation
  4. Turnaround and restructuring
  5. Keep up morale among employees
  6. Pre-or post-merger direction
  7. Succession planning (especially in family-owned businesses)
  8. Gain a fresh look at problems
  9. Downsizing or upsizing

EXAMPLES OF AN INTERIM CEO’S VALUE:

Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms:

  • Direction: Company may need a new direction that current management cannot provide.
  • Buy or Sell: An interim CEO will scout companies in a particular field for merger or acquisition, stabilize after a sale, or ready a company for sale.
  • Turnaround, Restructuring, or Merging: An Interim CEO provides an unbiased and fresh look to meet plans and schedules.

Family Businesses:

  • Succession Planning: Provide guidance and game plan while continuing to provide the family with a revenue stream.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: Where the owner is older and the next generation is not ready or seasoned, an Interim CEO can direct, nurture, guide, teach, and build the next generation team.
  • Building Consensus: Family stakeholders have different wants, desires, and needs, an Interim CEO provides unbiased, unemotional, objective advice.

Early Stage and Late Stage Startups:

  • Manage Growth: Entrepreneurs often hit a wall where they need someone with experience and unique skill sets to grow the business.
  • Credibility: An Interim CEO can make a company credible to customers, suppliers and bankers.
  • Maximize Value: Entrepreneurs start a company with an idea that often needs an objective and experienced Interim CEO to clarify, execute and monetize the concept.

The reasons to hire an Interim CEO are many and varied.  The Interim CEO position offers the board of directors and stakeholders a viable alternative to finding the right CEO now.

Can you provide additional examples where Interim CEOs provide value? Can you add other reasons to hire an Interim CEO?

P.S. – Do you need an Outside Director, Advisory Board Member, Trusted Advisor,  or Interim CEO?  Someone who can help you sees your business and your goals through a fresh look.  Contact me and I will work with you to look at where you want to go and help you find the best way to get there.  Sometimes all it takes is someone with a fresh viewpoint, unencumbered by company politics or culture to help find the right solution.

Interim executives don’t have a past or nor a future in the organization of the client

Let’s make something together.