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If you are a 56-year-old male based in Asia Pacific, you’ve probably got a better chance at becoming a CEO than the rest of us.

QlikView has analysed the anatomy of a typical CEO in this region, revealing he is likely to have graduated from a local university (61.5%) than an overseas institution (38.5%). For those who did attend university overseas, Harvard was the leading college, followed by Stanford and INSEAD.

The survey, which took into consideration responses from the top 250 APAC-based companies listed in the 2013 Forbes Global 2000 ranking, also found a large majority of CEOs were previously managing directors, directors or vice presidents, with only 8.8% having held another CEO role prior to their current appointment.

CEOs were also most likely to have had experience in the finance (42 CEOs), manufacturing (40 CEOs), and energy (35 CEOs) industries.

“What this QlikView application provides is a holistic view of what it takes to be a CEO in Asia Pacific. It is a fun way to gain insights into the ‘key ingredients’ that go into a making of a CEO,” Terry Smagh, vice president for Qlik Asia Pacific, said.

“At the same time, it helps us drill deeper and ask important questions. For example, where are we in terms of gender diversity in the boardroom and where should one pursue an education to stand a fighting chance of becoming a CEO?”

In Singapore, the typical CEO would have:

  • Graduated from an overseas university (75%)
  • Less than 10 years of experience as a CEO (75%)
  • An MBA (36%)
  • Studied business as a discipline (40%)

Additionally, 95% of local CEOs are male, with an average age of 55.

So do you fit the mold, and what other common traits have you identified in local and regional leaders?

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