When Benoît Claveranne was appointed Chief Transformation Officer of the AXA Group in 2016,1 his first act was to hire Sébastien Van Dyk to head up HR for the transformation teams. Mr Claveranne recalls, “If I did not have someone focusing specifically on people, I had no chance. Integrating talent strategy with the company’s overall strategy may be the most important question of all [for successful delivery].”
A global survey of 500 corporate leaders conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit2 reveals widespread talent challenges related to strategy. The EIU interviewed Mr Claveranne and Mr Van Dyk to explore the nature of—and solutions to—the talent required to bridge the strategy design-delivery gap.