Aberdeen Strategies

Interim CCO FAQs

Q: Why should I hire an interim chief communications officer?
A: An interim CCO will ensure key initiatives don’t falter and the business will continue to receive the level of support that’s needed from your communications and public affairs team. Having an experienced interim CCO can allow your search for a permanent position to progress while at the same time laying the ground work for a smooth transition when the new leader arrives.

Q: How do I ensure my company’s issues will be handled confidentially?
A: Our consultants are committed to confidentiality and operate under a non-disclosure agreement with you and Aberdeen Strategies.

Q: How do you find and select the people you recommend?
A: Our consultants are seasoned individuals who have developed a career of successful management in corporate communications and public affairs. We interview them and place them based upon their deep backgrounds and track records of accomplishments.

Q: What if I like your consultant enough to offer the permanent position to her or him?
A: Our agreement with you provides for that possibility and ensures your recruiter is involved.

Q: If our search turns up someone sooner than the planned engagement duration, can we end the engagement early?
A: Our minimum engagement is for 60 days, and you can terminate the planned engagement with 30 days notice after that minimum is completed.

Q: Do you work with or recommend particular PR agencies?
A: We work with your agencies and consultants who already serve your company and seek to maintain those relationships through the hand-off to your permanent CCO. Because our consultants have established relationships over the years with some of the nation’s largest agencies, we can also recommend support if it is required.

Q: Do you have a minimum experience level you seek from your consultants?
A: Most of our consultants have more than 25 years of experience.

Q: How will people within my organization react to an interim leader brought in from the outside?
A: Your experienced consultant will work quickly to build relationships within the organization. Having a senior communications leader in-house during a time of transition is welcomed not only for the counsel but also the bandwidth he or she provides.