In the current global economic landscape, business leaders continue to face intricate challenges to growth on multiple fronts – from geopolitical uncertainty and the adoption of generative artificial intelligence (AI) to attracting and retaining talent as well as increasing stakeholder expectations in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) space.

In this year’s KPMG 2023 CEO Outlook, we surveyed 1,325 CEOs in 11 key markets. The report provides an in-depth outlook from global CEOs of major organizations across economic outlook, emerging/disruptive technology, talent and ESG. We identify their key concerns and opportunities as CEOs guide their organizations towards sustainable, long-term growth. 

Business leaders are on track to shape a future-forward vision for their organizations, contingent on their ability to lead by example, stay attuned to shifting regulations and rebuild trust through transparency. With a rapidly changing landscape at their helm, CEOs are required to reevaluate their strategies and demonstrate resilience in navigating the dynamic complexities.


About the KPMG 2023 CEO Outlook

The 9th edition of the KPMG CEO Outlook, conducted with 1,325 CEOs between 15 August and 15 September 2023, provides unique insight into the mindset, strategies and planning tactics of CEOs.

All respondents have annual revenues over US$500M and one-third of the companies surveyed have more than US$10B in annual revenue. The survey included leaders from 11 markets (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and US) and 11 key industry sectors (asset management, automotive, banking, consumer and retail, energy, infrastructure, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications).

NOTE: Some figures may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.