Tom Lamb

Back in 2006, Ad Age published a sobering statistic: The average tenure of chief marketing officers was a troublingly short 23 months. The latest figure, released last week from executive-search firm Spencer Stuart, shows a radically different picture—CMOs are sticking around an average of 45 months. So what's behind nearly a doubling of CMO tenure during a time frame in which the job has only gotten tougher due to recession, a still-shaky economy and upheaval in adland as digital, social and data management reshape the marketing landscape? The answers: a recession, a still-shaky economy and upheaval

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