4. 移动商务总监。报告称，随着消费者对智能手机和平板设备的日益依赖，移动商务在零售业和其他领域 “已经成为新的电子商务形式”。随着日益成熟的新应用不断上线，“了解移动用户行为与需求的高管将拥有巨大的市场。”
Just as they were in 2013, companies now are "nervously sitting on over $1 trillion in cash," says a new report from global executive search firm CTPartners. One big difference: This year, they'll spend more of that pile to hire executive talent in some key strategic jobs. "Technology's impact is being felt more than ever," notes CTPartners CEO Brian Sullivan -- and in more kinds of jobs than ever, too, including human resources and health care.
"Big data will only grow bigger, as organizations race to collect and monetize information to gain competitive advantage," according to his firm's 18th annual survey on which executives companies are trying to hire. The fast growth of cloud computing and online education in the past couple of years will accelerate this year, the report says, as will demand for cybersecurity experts who can oversee stronger defenses against hackers. Just ask Target (TGT), whose security debacle at the peak of the holiday shopping season gave plenty of other companies -- and not just retailers -- cause for concern.
Expertise in other areas, especially compliance with stiffer federal regulations in the U.S., is on employers' wish list this year, too. Here are 10 of the hottest executive jobs now, in four fast-growing fields:
1. Chief information officer. "It may sound old hat, but the role's evolution makes it more critical to companies than it's ever been," notes Sullivan. The importance of data, mobile, digital, and analytics has moved CIOs "from the back room to the boardroom," he adds -- a shift reflected in the fact that many companies now add senior vice president or another executive title to the job.
2. Chief marketing officer. "The CMO job is rapidly evolving," the CTPartners report notes, as head marketing mavens "increasingly need the ability to show that marketing is actually driving revenue and growth." In big demand right now are "digitally savvy marketing leaders who can show they're capable of developing new business models."
3. Chief risk officer/cybersecurity officer. Protecting any company's digital assets "has never been more important -- or more difficult," the report notes, adding that the ability to assure customers their data is secure will be "a top-three corporate priority" in 2014 and beyond.
4. Head of M-commerce. In retail and elsewhere, mobile commerce "has become the new e-commerce," the report says, as consumers get ever more reliant on smartphones and tablets. With new and more sophisticated apps coming online all the time, "executives who understand mobile user behavior and needs will be in demand."