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.
Amid announcements of new tariffs on China and, at the time of polling, Mexico, CEOs’ outlook for future business conditions plunged 6 percent from May to June, according to Chief Executive’s most recent reading of CEO confidence.