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COO | Chief Operations Officer

Characteristics of our Interim COO

COO is a high-level executive position in a company responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective. The COO often reports to the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and is involved in strategic planning and decision-making. The specific duties can vary between companies, but generally, the COO focuses on optimizing processes, managing resources, and implementing strategies to achieve the organization's goals.

  • Experience: A solid background in operations and management, with a track record of success in previous COO or operational leadership roles.

  • Communication Skills: Clear communication is crucial for aligning operational goals with other departments and ensuring a smooth workflow.

  • Efficiency: Focused on streamlining operations and improving efficiency, especially in a short timeframe.

  • Leadership: Able to lead and motivate operational teams, fostering collaboration and efficiency during a transitional period.

  • Time Management: Efficiently managing time and resources to achieve operational goals within the specified period.


Finding the right interim COO can present several challenges due to the temporary and crucial nature of the role. Here are some challenges you might face:

  • Quick Turnaround

  • Complexity of Operations

  • Confidentiality

  • Transition Smoothness

  • Limited Availability

  • Industry Experience

  • Global Operations Understanding

  • Succession Planning

  • Technology Integration

  • Cross-Functional Collaboration

  • Identification of Needs

  • Flexibility and Adaptability

  • Conflict Resolution Skills

  • Team Building and Motivation

  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement Focus

The Solution

Executive Interim Management is a modern managerial solution, in which an experienced senior executive or a complete team is temporarily engaged by a company to address a specific leadership challenge on a short-term basis. 

An Executive Interim Manager is a highly experienced senior executive typically engaged for a few months to provide leadership, drive change, address a specific issue, or manage complex projects. Key characteristics include experience,  seniority, immediate availability, project orientation, and operational hands-on approach.

CE Interim: Cross-cultural Executive Interim Management

We design and implement individual project-based business solutions and together with our industry experts lead companies through transformations to unlock their full potential.

Our Partners stands personally by your side from the project definition, evaluation of the interim manager, through the whole project, until completion, and hand-over, to ensure the agreed objectives are achieved and stay within your organization.

Our Executive Interim Managers have local or international backgrounds, they have studied, lived, and worked in various countries and go through rigorous evaluation processes following a methodology specifically designed for demanding cross-cultural interim missions.

Over the recent decade, we have performed hundreds of successful missions predominantly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in Asia, the Middle East, and the USA.

The manager you are looking for

> 15 countries

the biggest network in Central and Eastern Europe

> 50,000

senior managers
in our broad network

> 90%

of mandates filled without going public

< 2 weeks

to present a short list of verified candidates

Germany | Austria | Switzerland

Poland | Czech Republic | Slovakia | Slovenia | Bulgaria | Romania | Hungary | Croatia

Serbia | Montenegro | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Macedonia | Estonia | Latvia | Lithuania

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