The acceleration of digitization post-pandemic and the rapid pace of technology adoption in businesses across industry sectors is leading to the demand for CXOs who can think “tech first”, said search industry experts.
“Every CXO that we are talking to if the person is not tech-savvy he/she will not be relevant in the current times,” said K Sudarshan, managing director at EMA Partners India. Almost every other consumer company has an app today, giving access to customers through technology. “You can’t be a CXO or a CEO without having the comfort to use technology,” he said. “As a CXO if you are in a customer-facing role your ability to think tech first becomes extremely important,” he added.
Experts said companies are looking at candidates with a different lens and the digital quotient of a leader is of prime importance besides domain expertise.
“Has the candidate adopted or deployed technology in work…how comfortable he/she is with using technology – these are questions that are frequently being asked. There is a huge demand for people who are comfortable in deploying technology to solve business problems, people who can digitally drive distribution rather than physically,” said Sudarshan. “When interviewing a candidate we look for evidence that the person has deployed technology tools at work,” he added.
R Suresh, founder of boutique search firm Insist Executive Search, said more than just technology quotient it is the data quotient of a CXO that is of prime importance and companies across sectors – new age firms to traditional manufacturing companies – are looking for. “We are living in a tech pervasive world. Everything can be sold and purchased online today and there are piles of data to be crunched. Thus the need for data orientation in leadership talent is crucial,” he added. Technologyforyou