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Younger CEOs may be an answer to business uncertainty

By Peggy Hollinger

31 May 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The average age of CEOs is falling, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, argues the FT’s Peggy Hollinger. While experience is still valued, inclusiveness and self-awareness are increasingly important.

Anyone who has spent the past 20 years climbing the corporate ladder in the hope of scoring the top job, be warned: you may already have missed the boat.

A few weeks ago, a 28-year-old was appointed to run Leroy Merlin France, one of the largest DIY chains in Europe owned by the reclusive Mulliez family. 

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