The Phillips Group, the global executive search firm and SP Jain Global, the global executive education provider, have joined together to launch the region’s first globally certified CEO Assessment Course. The two-day CEO Assessment qualification is designed to give attendees an edge on their talent assessment abilities as well as making them more attractive to career opportunities with multi nationals.

The course offers a team of instructors made up of the Middle East’s top CEO’s. Attendees will have direct access to these CEO’s and their success stories:

  • Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO DMCC, Chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) and the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, Founder Dubai Crypto Exchange
  • Iyad Malas, Group CEO Al Ghurair Group
  • Ziad Makhzoumi, Chairman MAP Sciences
  • Amin Al Hussieni, Board Member Oman Arab Bank (Former CEO OAB)
  • Hesham Al Mekkawi, CEO Tim Hortons Middle East
  • Professor Christopher Abraham, CEO SP Jain Global School of Management Dubai Campus
  • Shane Phillips, CEO at The Phillips group

In 2018 PayScale did a study of the relationship of certification to pay and career trajectory in HR. The study indicated that 34.2 percent of HR professionals had at least one certification and even the most entry-level HR jobs, HR assistant and HR administrator, had 5.2 percent and 13.2 percent, respectively. Certified HR professionals also get paid more. There was a 31.6 percent difference in pay between certified professionals and those with no certification. Comparing this to industries such as finance, where the average per centage of those holding a certification is 90 per cent. If HR didn’t already have influence in the C-suite before the pandemic, it does now. According to TPG, HR will be increasingly required to meet higher standards as its function increases in influence and overall support of businesses as a whole.

The highest personnel turnover ever recorded by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas since it started tracking CEO turnover in 2002, was recorded in January 2020. Early in 2021, the pace of CEO turnover hit record highs again. The pandemic had put a hold on many transition plans, as economic conditions became unclear and many executives stayed where they were to weather the COVID storm. With cases stabilizing, turnover at C-Suite level is cited to be ready to rise significantly.

The cost of replacing a CEO can range from one to two times the employee's annual salary, according to “WORKPLACE: This Fixable Problem Costs U.S. Businesses $1 Trillion”. Couple this figure with the difficulty businesses face in implementing any long-term strategy if they are changing their CEO every one to two years. Long term value creation becomes impossible to achieve in this scenario, making qualifications related to CEO hiring, crucial to business performance during 2021 and 2022. 

Professor Christopher Abraham, CEO SP Jain Global School of Management Dubai Campus said: “All attendees will receive a course completion certificate, issued by SP Jain Global. Those who pass the final exam will receive a new qualification in the form of a CEO Assessor Certificate. Upon completing the course, attendees will have acquired new interview skills and will have an inventory of new questions they will be able to use in the next interview they conduct. The increase in assessment skill will be immediate so attendees can complete the course on Saturday evening and apply their new interview skills as early as Sunday morning.”

Shane Phillips, CEO at The Phillips Group added: “The course will give you the questions to ask to find out if your CEO is able to outperform the market in terms of revenue generation, can lead an M&A strategy, or tackle whatever the idiosyncratic business issue your company is facing. Using industry trade secrets and techniques that have been developed over 40 years by the Phillips family, you will be armed with the best assessment questions available. Attendees are able to learn some of the same techniques the FBI And CIA use through questioning and body language from this course.”

A live session will be delivered through Zoom over the course of a two-day workshop. The course is best suited to chairpersons, board members or senior executives who are hiring at a senior level.  Additionally, to any CEO or executive who is interviewing for a CEO role and Human Resource professionals involved in senior executive and CEO level assessments would also benefit.

Sign up here: 

Early bird price before Dec 31 2021: $999

Regular price Jan 1st 2021 to Jan 26th 2021: $3,500 USD

The accreditation topic will be “The Seven Universal Skills of The CEO and How to Test for Them”:

  • Vision
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Revenue and Net Profit Generation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Results Orientation

Key benefits include:

  • Learn our top interview questions and assessments for the seven universal skills of the CEO.
  • Clearly measure a CEOs Vision & Strategy Skills in less than 60 minutes.
  • Separate visionary leaders from tactical managers using our guide.
  • This course can save you millions and guard against a false positive in hiring the wrong CEO.
  • Stop frauds, cons, liars and cheats dead in their tracks.
  • Highlight critical skill gaps in areas such as Financial Competency, Strategic Prowess, Ability to Generate Revenue and Net Profit.


About TPG

The Phillips Group (TPG) is a global, exclusive, retained executive search firm. For almost 40 years, TPG has been the premiere choice for board and C-level executive placements, for multinational companies.

Where competency assessments are commonplace amongst search firms, TPG goes above and beyond to find the right fit for its clients. TPG starts with understanding its client's company vision, strategy and objectives. This information is then used to develop critical success factors necessary to achieve these goals and identify the right candidate. Someone who will not only help clients achieve these goals but exceed them.

Since inception, TPG has focused on quality service, building strong leadership teams through its relationship with clients, as well as its market knowledge, worldwide. Today, TPG Leadership operates from principal business centres in Toronto, Dubai, London, and Budapest

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