Should CEOs double-down on business transformation in the face of uncertainty?


The recent EY’s CEO Outlook Pulse finds CEOs accelerating transformation despite a low-growth environment.

Transformation clearly is front and centre on the 2024 CEO agenda: The vast majority of CEOs (95%) are planning to maintain or accelerate their transformational change in 2024, with those looking to accelerate plans (58%) nearly tripling over the past six months. With a realistic, yet optimistic outlook, about their own performance and with higher certainty about the global macroeconomic and geopolitical landscape, CEOs are looking to significantly reimagine their businesses.

Despite anticipating a continued low-growth environment and no near-term return to ultra-low interest rates, CEOs remain optimistic about their own growth and profitability, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and focusing on financial operations for enhanced efficiencies. But organic business transformation is just one part of the story. CEOs are also looking at the composition of their portfolio. And it may be good timing, with our comparative survey of private equity (PE) leaders indicating that they are looking to accelerate investment plans, with anticipated corporate divestitures as targeted assets – a potential partnership that could benefit both cohorts.


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