The 2011 CHRO Survey by Cornell University found out that the top five issues on the CEO’s agenda for HR are

Europe % U.S. %
Talent 93 92
Cost Control 19 19
Succession Planning 29 19
Employee Engagement 10 18
Culture 20 17

This was based on the responses from 172 U.S. and 44 European chief human resource officers (CHRO) of largest companies. As shown, more than 90% of CHROs identified talent as driving the CEO’s agenda for HR, where talent is interpreted as the attraction, development, and retention of employees in the talent pipeline.