KPMG 2020 CEO Outlook: COVID-19 Special Edition


The COVID-19 crisis is making demands of CEOs that few people could have predicted just months ago, and in many ways, has already redefined leadership. Every person, business and country has somehow been impacted by this pandemic, and all are at different stages. For many, uncertainty is the only certainty.

In an effort to bring some clarity to the complex world we find ourselves in, KPMG interviewed thousands of CEOs from many of the world’s largest companies, first in January and then again in July and August, to get their perspectives and to understand how their priorities have changed. We asked about their confidence in the future and examined how they are approaching this once-in-a-generation crisis.

With the real fears of an overturned marketplace, CEOs are acting decisively across their entire organisation. Business leaders have told us that they are accelerating their company’s digital transformation and working to ensure their talent pipelines can adapt to meet new demands. They are renewing or revamping their corporate purpose so their organisations can contribute solutions to the many problems the world faces.

The KPMG 2020 CEO Outlook uncovered some important trends and insights that we hope you will find just as interesting as we do. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the key findings of our research. In the interim, you can access our global report on our website and follow us on Twitter at #CEOoutlook.

KPMG member firms are ever ready to support clients cross the hurdles placed before them by the COVID pandemic – as well as work with them to identify opportunities  amidst the crisis.

KPMG in Ghana is also conducting a pre-budget survey to examine how companies are coping in the midst of the evolving environment and the support required to recover and sustain their businesses. Responses to this survey will be significant in realistically assessing the impact of the pandemic on the Ghanaian business environment and will  also serve as feedback to the government in preparing the 2021 national budget.

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