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More CEOs remain on the job longer

Data from nearly 1,600 groups show top executive tenure slowly creeping higher

By Walt Williams and Mark R. Graham

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Most associations are in no hurry to part company with their CEOs, with small groups in particular holding on to their top executives for longer periods of time.

CEO Update examined CEO tenure at nearly 1,600 national associations, looking at not only the length of stay of those top executives currently holding jobs, but that of their predecessors. The median tenure for currently employed chief executives was 6.7 years. That figure is almost unchanged since CEO Update last looked at tenure in 2013, but it is up from a median of 6.4 years in 2012 and 6.2 years in 2008.