There’s a few reasons for the leadership gap. For one, gender biases are keeping women from pushing themselves and keeping others from recognizing their full potential. Then there is the impact of responsibilities such as performing family duties and childrearing. A study showed women tend to be older and have to show more experience compared to their male counterparts to bag a seat at the corner office. Another revealed women hold the top jobs for a shorter time—female CEO tenures average at over 6.3 years compared with 8.4 years for men, data from research firm exechange comparing 20 departing female CEOs and 300 departing male CEOs show.


Other notable change of guards in US companies in 2023

👬 Salesforce’s Marc Benioff isn’t a new CEO, but so far, he’s always had another person to share the job with. But the exit of his co-CEO Bret Taylo is going to mark the beginning of a solo shift for him.


🔷 A few days after Taylor’s departure, Salesforce-owned Slack’s CEO Stewart Butterfield decided to step down. Lidiane Jones will take over. Jones, the product whiz who spent years at Microsoft and Salesforce, was highly endorsed by Butterfield in an internal memo as “right at that little diamond-shaped heart in the four-circle Venn diagram of Smart, Humble, Hardworking, and Collaborative.”

☕️ In April, Laxman Narasimhan will take over from Howard Schultz, who was serving as Starbucks CEO for a second term. The veteran comes armed with nearly 30 years of experience at consumer-facing brands, most notable Pepsi.


💳 Visa announced Ryan McInerney will be the new CEO effective Feb. 1, 2023

🛢️ Wael Sawan, currently director of integrated gas, renewables, and energy solutions at Shell, is due to assume the CEO role on Jan.1, 2023. His appointment is still subject to approval by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).


✈️ Thai Airways, which reportedly got over 50 applicants, picked its chief financial officer Chai Eamsiri to be the next CEO.

👀 Last but not the least, with Elon Musk’s Twitter poll calling for him to step down means Twitter’s looking for a new CEO.


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