Characteristics of CEOs
What are common pathways for obtaining an association CEO position? What experiences were crucial during the development of current association leaders? ASAE Foundation research looks at CEO characteristics and career paths in order to provide aspiring and current CEOs with vital information for their careers.
Pathways to CEO Success: How Experience, Learning, and Networks Shape Association CEO Careers, examines the results from a survey of the different educational and professional experiences of association CEOs before they first obtained that role. There are many routes to the CEO role, but the research identified two common paths—and CEOs from each path identified specific experiences that advanced their careers. The report also includes advice from CEOs to everyone who aspires to the position.
The second report in the series, CEO Salary Dynamics: Changes in Association Chief Executive Base Salaries from 2012 to 2016, looks at how factors like association type, size, location, and scope affect median base salary for chief executives and how those salaries have changed since 2012. Based on data from ASAE’s Association Compensation and Benefits Study, it also includes a look at changes for the 71 associations that completed the survey in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
These research briefs are part of a series produced with the support of Naylor Association Solutions, an ASAE Corporate Partner. There will be two more research briefs in the series, one on CEO compensation and the other on CEO benefits.