The New CEO

Lessons from CEOs on How to Start Well and Perform Quickly (Minus the Common Mistakes)
- A book by Ty Wiggins


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Ty Wiggins  

How do world-leading CEOs approach their first year in the job?

What did they do first? What do they wish they’d done differently? And what advice do they have for the next generation of CEOs?

In The New CEO, RRA leadership advisor Ty Wiggins and his contributing partners offer a backstage pass to nailing your first year as CEO—whether it’s your first, second, or third time in the role.

Based on original research and candid conversations with CEOs from Verizon, PepsiCo, Campbell’s, UPS, Whirlpool, and more, Ty sets out how to start well and perform quickly as a new CEO. Discover their successes, their missteps, and the important lessons they learned along the way. 

A must-read peek into the most coveted role in business. Perfect for first-time CEOs and seasoned ones, as well as those who work with them. 


What you’ll find in this book

The New CEO lifts the veil on essential CEO transition milestones, including how to:

CEO transition success chart




Why I wrote this book? | Ty Wiggins


Praise for The New CEO


Hubert Joly  

A must-read, packed with real-world wisdom from leading CEOs and backed by in-depth research. This isn’t just another leadership book; it’s a lifeline for new CEOs, offering concrete strategies for a successful start. From setting priorities and dealing with crisis to building your team and engaging your board—this book covers it. A great gift for any new CEO.”

Hubert Joly
Former Best Buy CEO, senior lecturer Harvard Business School, and Author, The Heart of Business



Alex Gorsky  

In a fast-moving world, having a practical, pragmatic, and purposeful approach for stepping into the CEO role is more important than ever. In The New CEO, Ty provides just the right blend of strategic and tactical counsel to accelerate your CEO transition for sustainable success. A must-read for seasoned and next-generation CEOs.”

Alex Gorsky
Board member of Apple and IBM, and former Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson



Nancy McKinstry  

Ty Wiggins has made it his career to help new CEOs deliver a strong start. He distills his rich experience in this trusted step-by-step guide that will help you tackle the issues you face during your transition. This is a critical book for all new CEOs—and those who work with them—and it could not have come at a more important time.”

Nancy McKinstry
CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, Wolters Kluwer



Katie Koch  

Having Ty as my advisor was one of the most valuable assets I had in navigating my first year as a CEO. Now even more leaders can benefit from his expertise. Every new CEO faces different challenges—but the advice, anecdotes, and research in this book will help any new corporate leader lay the groundwork for their long-term success.”

Katie Koch
President and CEO, The TCW Group



Oscar Munoz  

For all the attention on new CEOs, there is little objective guidance on how to nail your first 12 months in office. The New CEO offers a clear path forward. Blending in-depth research and powerful stories, Ty offers a critical guide on how to win as a new CEO— and deliver standout results for you and your organization.”

Oscar Munoz
Board member of Salesforce, former CEO and Chairman of United Airlines, and Author, Turnaround Time






Who should read this book?

Perfect for first-time CEOs and veteran CEOs across industries and ownerships, including PE and family-owned offices, The New CEO also earns a place in the libraries of C-suite executives, aspiring CEOs, and anyone who regularly works with CEOs.

• Board members
• C-suite executives
• In-house counsel
• Consultants and advisors
• Founders / Entrepreneurs
• Aspiring CEOs


About the author


Ty Wiggins is a leadership expert who is passionate about setting up new CEOs for success.

As the lead of Russell Reynolds Associates’ CEO & Transitions Practice globally, he helps world-leading CEOs successfully transition into their roles, to unlock business (and personal) success—faster.

Ty is one of only a handful of people globally with a Ph.D. in leadership transitions.

He harnesses his deep academic and consulting background to provide CEOs, boards, and senior leadership across industries with the advice, support, and insight needed to start well and perform quickly.

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