Req Number: TL318
Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Posted: 5/14/2020
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Public Administration
Job Type: Permanent


YPO is the global leadership community of more than 29,000 chief executives in 130 countries who are driven by the belief that the world needs better leaders. Each of our members has achieved significant leadership success at a young age. Combined, they lead businesses and organizations contributing USD9 trillion in annual revenue. YPO members become better leaders and better people through peer learning and exceptional experiences in an inclusive community of open sharing and trust.
Founded in 1950 by Ray Hickok, YPO has grown globally and changed over the past seven decades, while our foundational core remains to this day. We are an organization that through peer-to-peer connections in a diverse global community gives members the opportunity to grow stronger through life-changing experiences and friendships created within YPO. YPO’s DNA includes a relentless curiosity and passion for lifelong learning, a belief that business is a force for good and an unstoppable drive toward changing the world and changing ourselves.
YPO is leaders creating a world of impact in the following ways:
  • YPO has more high-quality leaders, in more places around the world, than any other organization, currently with more than 29,000 members in more than 460 chapters across 130 countries.
  • YPO embraces a whole-person orientation where members benefit beyond their role as a business leader.
  • Our members connect in a "safe haven" environment of trust and confidentiality so they can learn from each other and grow together.
  • YPO originated the idea of forum in 1975, small groups of members (usually 8-14) who meet in an atmosphere of confidentiality, respect and trust to learn from one another and exchange ideas. Currently, YPO has more than 4,000 forums on the chapter, network (communities of shared interest) or regional level.
  • According to YPO’s 2019 Global Leadership Survey, when asked who or what has had the greatest influence on how you view the role of business leadership in society, YPO members rank YPO as the No. 1 influencer.
  • Insights from YPO research, including our recent CEO’s Weigh In On COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 Global Pulse on Stakeholder Trust: A New Frontier in Business Leadership and our 2019 Global Leadership Survey, provide unique insights from our global chief executive community that are shared out to the media and general public. Through our active public relations and social media teams, YPO members are sought-after experts on business and current topical trends.
  • Our commitment to lifelong learning and Only-in-YPO experiences is evident through the more than 600 global in-person and virtual events annually in a variety of categories including business, cultural immersion, social impact, personal development and family. • More than 40 networks, which are virtual global communities connecting members around common business interests or personal passions.
Serving as the chief executive of YPO, the CEO will provide leadership to ensure long-term success and relevancy for the organization by delivering on the vision and strategy to help members become better leaders and positively impact the world. The CEO will be a passionate advocate for member leaders and management working in common cause to drive peer-to-peer connections in a safe haven to engage, learn, exchange of ideas and contribute on their individual leadership journeys.
The CEO will be a highly engaged and inspirational leader, building and retaining an outstanding global professional workforce based across 25 countries. The CEO will facilitate the YPO platform of peer connection, maintain the aspirational relevance of YPO as the premier leadership organization in the world, protect the brand and nurture a safe haven to inspire members and management to engage, learn and contribute on their individual journeys.
Specifically, the CEO will be responsible for:
  • Board Relations. Acts as a servant leader, partnering with the board, made up of 20 YPO members serving three-year terms, to establish long-range and visionary strategic plan that ensures YPO continues to drive a relevant value proposition while achieving the organization’s mission. Accountable to the YPO Chairman (an annually revolving position on the YPO Board), the CEO partners with Board, committees and member champions to ensure priorities, budget and staff are aligned with the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Spokesperson. In conjunction with the YPO Chairman, serves as a dynamic spokesperson and advocate for the organization before key external audiences including media, government officials, educators and business leaders worldwide. Passionately protects and promotes YPO’s vision, strategy and priorities while maintaining a high level of visibility for the organization through interviews, speeches, meetings, briefings and programs.
  • External Relationships. Develops strong working relationships with a wide-range of constituencies, in both the public and private sector. Forges strategic partnerships and coalitions with organizations worldwide that align with YPO’s values and priority objectives.
  • Member Engagement. Optimizes value of membership and opportunities for leadership through the YPO platform on a global basis through the organization’s engagement channels and member-to-member connections. Champions YPO culture attributes of mutual respect, trust, inclusion, growth, impact and servant leadership among diverse stakeholders, including members, member champions (volunteers), management, member’s families, chapter administrators and others. Inspires members and management to engage and align efforts to learn and contribute inside and outside YPO.
  • Organizational Leadership. Engages, inspires, motivates and serves YPO’s professional global workforce. Effectively attracts, mentors and retains extraordinary, multi-cultural, customer-centric talent to effectively implement the organization’s mission, direction and policies. Protects YPO’s Safe Haven principles to foster trust, sharing and learning. Models and coaches trust-building behaviors and leadership competencies to member leaders and the management organization. Ensures YPO’s operations and management organization comply with the Policies and Procedures Manual, applicable laws and regulations.
  • Operations. Partners with the Board to deliver a highly functioning organization by defining operating targets through effective planning, clear direction, a positive and professional culture of excellence, with strong people, technology and process systems. Sets the direction of the organization’s internal operations to drive efficiencies, measure effectiveness while maximizing resource utilization including human capital, intellectual property, finances, systems and assets. Develops annual business plans that ensure fiscal integrity and prudence, including oversight of internal audits of financial and operating systems.
The CEO will be a charismatic, innovative and entrepreneurial leader, capable of protecting and promoting the strong legacy of YPO with the global membership community. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of relevant senior executive level experience in global, multi-discipline organization of similar scale and complexity. S/he must possess strong executive gravitas, essential for promoting YPO as the premiere membership organization for business leaders worldwide before myriad audiences including members, key stakeholders, government officials and the broader global business community.
Specific experience and qualifications will include:
  • Experience in a professional membership organization preferred. Must have agility to balance complex situations, manage ambiguity, and ability to drive multi-party consensus among myriad stakeholders, disparate cultures and interests.
  • Demonstrated experience leading operational transformation including digital technology integration, organizational design, optimization of stakeholder relationships and customer and member engagement.
  • Strong global experience, including ability to exercise diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
  • Superior interpersonal and persuasive skills with ability to inspire, motivate and influence a broad range of global leaders.
  • Outstanding communication skills to protect and promote the mission of the organization, builds trust quickly and commands the respect of his/her audience, even in the absence of authority. Proven abilities in change management communications to engage and influence stakeholders. Multilingual abilities preferred.
  • Unquestionable integrity and strong personal character. Operates with the highest levels of moral and ethical behavior. Exemplifies YPO principles and is effective as a role model and coach for members and management.
  • Strong business acumen and analytical skills. Tech savvy with a first-hand knowledge of how to apply new technologies and tools in supporting an organization’s strategy. Demonstrable change management, emotional intelligence and diplomatic/facilitation skills, as evidenced by prior successful transformations.
  • Effective management of an organization similar scale and complexity. Experience building, leading and retaining top caliber professional talent. Strong human relations and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to servant leadership and doing what is right. Sublimates personal ego for the good of the organization balanced with a willingness to stand alone based upon purpose and values. An active learner who maintains a great sense of humor.
  • Willingness and ability to travel on YPO business, including globally, approximately 50% of the time. Willingness and ability to maintain office presence in Dallas when not traveling on YPO business.
  • Thrives on purpose and impact. Serves business stakeholders including society and the planet. Looks to contribute beyond business success.
  • Leverages technology expertly. A digital expert who can integrate technological advances for innovation and impact.
  • Thinks globally. Promotes YPO’s global interdependencies and embraces multi-cultural perspectives, diversity and inclusion. Truly a global citizen.
  • Balances life and work demands. Champions a holistic approach for the organization with frequent feedback, direct rewards and models work/life integration.
  • Embraces an agile mindset. Works and lives in a state of constant learning and improvement. Achieves success through fast and continuous change.
  • Lives authentically and transparently. Personifies and promotes humility, integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Connects and collaborates. Drives collaboration among stakeholders and other organizations to spark innovation and connectedness in the world.
Bachelor’s degree required. Secondary degree preferred. Continued education preferred.
A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates.
This position is located in Dallas, Texas, USA. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the USA. If not, YPO will assist in the VISA application process.


To confirm interest please send your resume and cover letter to Becky Graham, Sr. Associate at Korn Ferry (


Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.





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