Interim executive directors are a fairly new and growing, unique professional field that has been developing in the U.S. since the 1970’s. It started in the faith based and private sector and is now seen as an extremely successful business model.

Interims must be highly experienced individuals or teams that specialize in taking the helm quickly to guide the company for a short time (generally 3-12 months). They are responsive, flexible, high-energy people who bring vision and quick results.

“In a strange way, interim executives are the models of modern management because they are only there for a short while.” Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School

An excellent Interim Executive has the following qualities: a drive to excel, a high-speed learner and an enterprising spirit, coupled with the ability to sense real risk. The excellent Interim Executive is able to deliver strong and credible results and to uphold behavioral standards that reflect the agency culture and values. Credibility is especially important, as quickly building trust and confidence leads to an ability to influence a wide array of stakeholders.

Interim Executive Directors are not candidates for the position of CEO or Executive Director.

Why use an IED?

Uses of an Interim Executive

Qualifications of an Interim Executive

Typical Tenure and Cost of an Interim Executive