We in Product Management have long known that we’re a strategic asset to our companies. Thankfully, the market has recognized this and Product and Brand managers are getting their due both in salary and recognition. Money Magazine and Salary.com picked Product/Brand Manager as the top position for people who want to be paid well, exercise their creativity, and have upward mobility.
On one side it’s great to see Product Management come into its own with this level of mainstream recognition. On the other hand I hope that people who are driven more by the dollar and less by a passion for getting it right don’t read this and start to flood the PM market with under qualified talent. I saw this happen as a programmer during the bubble days (the real question is: was I a flooder or floodee?) and it’s not good for candidates or hiring companies, it makes hiring managers cynical about the talent in the market and generally slows down the process for everyone. Product Manager is such a strategic hire, I believe it should be given the same due diligence that you would put into an Executive search.
On that same topic, I am sure that there are many CEOs that come from a PM background – anyone care to name a few?