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Interim COO (Chief Operating Officer)




What is an interim COO?

An interim COO (Chief Operating Officer) is an experienced temporary leader who takes on the responsibility of managing the day-to-day operations and operational strategy of an organization. The role works closely with various departments and the management team to optimize the operational efficiency of the business and achieve its objectives. Some common tasks include process improvement, resource allocation, risk management, and implementation of operational strategies. An interim COO has a broad business understanding and extensive experience in driving the company's daily operations.


Why hire an interim COO?

  1. Leadership Transition: During times of leadership transition, such as sudden departures or planned retirements, an interim COO can provide immediate stability and ensure the continuity of operations.
  2. Operational Transformation: In situations where the company is undergoing significant changes or facing critical operational challenges, an interim COO brings in fresh perspective, objectivity, and extensive experience to navigate complex issues and implement necessary transformations.
  3. Business Expansion: When a company is expanding into new markets, launching new products, or scaling up operations, an interim COO can provide the necessary expertise to manage the operational aspects of growth effectively.
  4. Process Improvement: Interim COOs excel in analyzing and improving operational processes, optimizing resource allocation, enhancing efficiency, and reducing costs.
  5. Strategic Initiatives: They play a key role in driving strategic initiatives, aligning operations with business objectives, and ensuring effective execution of the company's strategic plans.

Hiring an interim COO allows organizations to benefit from experienced leadership and operational expertise to address specific challenges and drive operational excellence. They bring a results-oriented approach, a focus on efficiency, and the ability to streamline processes to achieve business goals effectively.


How do we find the best interim COO candidate for you?

We have perfected our method over more than 20 years and built a network of over 3000 experienced leaders, with a global reach of 60,000 interim leaders. Our primary strength as an interim service provider is understanding, evaluating, and finding solutions while continuously following up on the business. We also assess the effectiveness of the interim assignment for 2-3 years after completion. When you reach out to solve your leadership challenge, we follow this process:

  1. Together with you, we define the assignment and set the objectives for the assignment period.
  2. We advertise the assignment to our interim leaders, screen the best applicants, and send them to you anonymously.
  3. Together with you, we select candidates for interviews and conduct them (all candidates are quality assured before the interview).
  4. You choose your preferred interim leader.
  5. The interim leader begins the assignment!

We provide ongoing support and follow-up for both you and the interim leader throughout the assignment.



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