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Can a Project Manager become the next CEO?

I have seen that for many years, even decades, that CEO’s hardly ever came from a project or program management position. The next CEO was mainly coming through three different channels (either from within but also from outside):

a) from Finance (if the company required cost containment and/or cost cutting)
b) or from Sales/Marketing (if the company had to increase their top line and focus on business development)
c) or from R&D/IT (if the company was highly technologically driven)

A few years ago, I heard that the new CEO of Siemens was a person who had been working as project/program manager and internal consultant (he actually was leading the corporate internal strategic consulting division). This person had a very broad understanding of Siemens multiple divisions, but at the same time, he was someone who had proven that he could make things happen (good at execution).

Do you have some views on this topic? Do you think that companies should enforce this career path for future CEO?

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