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Do HR Managers Become CEO's ?
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Chrm Message From: vijayraj Total Posts: 41 Join Date: 15/11/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 11/04/2007 01:43:02 Points: 205 Location: United States

Hi everyone, 

My main interest includes studying leadership and I'm always interested in CEO profiles. However I seem to find this trend - there arent any CEOs who are from the HR department - most CEOs I read usually come from either a technical background OR if they're from the commecial side, they usually were either from Finance, Accounting or Marketing.

I think the reason behind this is maybe perhaps HR is not really looked upon as a crucial field in the business and therefore the board of directors usually look at other departments to elect aCEO. This is just my reasoning, what do you guys think?



Chrm Message From: arunrathore85 Total Posts: 9 Join Date: 15/11/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 30/03/2009 04:59:04 Points: 45 Location: United States

Dear Vijay,

You are very correct when you say that HR dont become the CEO. But the reasoning you gave is not very convincing. HR is a supportive role to any business. Th nature of activities performed by HR do not give results directly. Eg - The sales team of an organisation abtained better results due to the new incentive plan laid put by the HR dept. Now in situations like these, the credit will always go to the sales team. The reason being, sales contribute directly to the company. Same goes for the functions like finance or operations.

Thus we can say that the reason why hr dont become CEO is nothing but the sheer nature of the operations, the HR carries out.



Chrm Message From: godbolesarang Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 15/11/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 23/05/2009 10:40:35 Points: 10 Location: United States

This Topic as such always hover around all HR Professionals. I have also seen many people not opting for HR though there main interest is in HR mainly because HR people cant reach at the top most level .

But this is a Myth as far as HR people are concerned. Though HR is considered to be a supporting activity it is mainly because of HR only. They dont add any value to the offerings. Also the value sahould be added in such a way that it can be measured. HR people have to have out-of-the-box thinking. They should try to find unique but original solutions to problems and not ready-made internet used and copy pasted material.

Turning back to the topic. There are many instances were u will find HR guys at the top position i.e. CEO position. But the true fact is that HR people cant become CEO unless they gather certain cross-functional skills related to say, marketing or finance or even IT. They have to have knowledge of all this to reach at the top. Also CEOs have a power to take strategic decisions thus HR should possess all these competencies. They should not restrict themselves to HR only.

Plz. guys remove this wrong notion or myth from ur mind and commit urself to give 110% of all u have. CEO position is not far away.


Chrm Message From: kishooh Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 15/11/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 10/02/2012 02:40:40 Points: 10 Location: United States

Though it is very rare that a HR person becomes a CEO , it does turn reality sometimes.

Lets expand our knowledge horizans and wait for the M I R A C L E.

Its essential for HR folks to get into cross training and workig in funtional areas for some exposure of the business for them to be considered for C E O.


Chrm Message From: gkhare Total Posts: 7 Join Date: 15/11/2006  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 14/02/2012 00:02:34 Points: 35 Location: United States

I agree its rare that HR professional become CEO. But its now unfortunate part for Industries as well as HR professional that its rare combination to fetch the top notch positions in business world.

I would like to focus upon the things which will make you think that HR Managers deserves to be CEO.


answer the following question?

1) When Organisation's became great Organisation ? When You add value to it.

2) Who add value to Organisation ? Customers - NO, Share Holders : No, Suppliers - NO, They only put pressure upon you to add value.

3) Its only employee who add value to Organisation and Organisation become the great Organisation

and HR professional is the master of Human resource (Employees) they why they can not hold good top most positions.



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