By  on November 1, 2010

NEW YORK — Retailing’s next generation will need a completely different skill set than today’s leaders — and most likely will come from outside the industry.

A survey of 135 presidents and chief executive officers revealed that a strong majority — 74 percent — will look beyond the sector when they recruit for leadership positions in the next five years. The study, conducted by Equation Research for executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates and WWD to coincide with the start of WWD’s annual CEO Summit here today, was dominated by executives from stores focused on fashion and beauty, but about a third of respondents were involved in hard goods or other categories.

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