Jim Gauss is chairman of the Board Services practice at the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. He has more than three decades of experience advising board members and CEOs on best practices in governance, leadership transition and succession planning. Monica Burton is a consultant for Witt/Kieffer, based in the firm’s New York office. She has led C-suite searches and has a particular interest in recruitment and succession planning for governing boards.
Chief Executive’s most recent reading of CEO confidence in future business conditions slipped from 7 out of 10 in October to 6.9 in November. It was a new low for 2018 as business leaders begin to prepare for a possible downturn ahead.