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Articles from No. 127, September

A Doll's House
Is Mattel ready for a makeover? When Jill Elikann Barad, 46, was appointed to succeed John Amerman, who had run the El Segundo, CA, toymaker for 10 years, she initiated moves to unload non-core businesses and abandoned a long-standing emphasis on double-digit...
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America's Million-Dollar Men
"Real men don't have restricted stock; real men don't play games with options," opines leading critic of CEO pay Graef Crystal. "Last year CEO pay went up 16 percent on average, as it did the year before, while the average worker's pay increased by 3...
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Burden of Proof
Are CEOs overpaid, underpaid or getting what they deserve? Answer: all of the above. In this issue CE tackles the nettlesome issue of big boss compensation. "Capital Ideas" columnist Sally Pipes reckons it's time CEOs stood up and defended themselves...
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Chief Executive 20th Anniversary: Captains Courageous
In celebration of Chief Executive magazine's 20th anniversary, we've been asking CEOs who've held their positions for the better part of that period-or longer-to reflect on the changes they, and their companies, have experienced during that time. In...
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It's Not Easy Being Green
Is she the "eco-queen" or "Daughter Theresa" as the German tabloid press dubbed her? Or is she a cynical capitalist jumping on the Green bandwagon? In fact, 31-year-old Britta Steilmann, chief executive of It's One World is none of these. The daughter...
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Largesse Oblige
Fueled by strong corporate profits, rising stock prices and, in some cases, pure greed, CEO pay is higher than ever. Raging against the tide, critics decry escalating compensation, tering some packages "ovscene." Dfenders counter that any amount is reasonables-as...
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Letters
A HAND FOR CE To the Editor: With 12-plus decisional hour days demanded of CEOs, we do not always get the opportunity to say thank you for the privilege of receiving the most quality magazine for CEOsChief Executive. I have always enjoyed receiving every...
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MVP of the Decade
When you look at the unprecedented prosperity of our American companies, you have to ask yourself, "What really created these superb conditions and what are we learning from them?" It's a complex question with quite a few differences between companies...
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Not Ready for Prime Time
A most critical year for Macon Brock and Doug Perry was 1993. They had already sold K&K Toys, a company they co-founded 23 years earlier, to concentrate on Dollar Tree Stores, a discount retailer that sells merchandise at the $1 price point. That...
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Not to the Swift the Race, but Not to the Tortoise Either
Which is better: To be first to market with a brilliant product that may not be quite ready? Or to take your time, do it right, and risk losing the race to a faster competitor? Put another way, would you rather be first out with a lousy product or last...
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One Mexico, Divided
When President Clinton failed to deliver his report on NAFTA to the Congress on July 1, friends and foes alike of the treaty tapped their feet in audible frustration. To the former, the report had offered a chance to trumpet NAFTA's undoubted successes:...
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Take a Gander
In a recent discussion of the networking appeal of goose blinds, A.B. Krongard, chairman and CEO of Alex. Brown, had this to say: "M&A work is really good in a goose blind because you can sit and talk about the company if you're representing the...
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Talking Trade
One World, Ready Or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism, By William Greider. Simon & Schuster. 528 pp. $27.50. How Nations Grow Rich, By Melvyn Krauss. Oxford University Press. 140 pp. $22.50. Against the Tide, By Douglas Irwin. Princeton University...
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The Cyber Man
If you ask William Melton, starting a company is a lot like giving birth, with a few minor differences. "It's usually a two- to three-year gestation period as opposed to nine months. But in every case, I generally gain 50 pounds, of which 10 pounds I...
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The Stars That Make Jack Shine
Jack Welch is practically a household name, almost a GE brand unto himself. But he doesn't do it alone. He's fielded a formidable starting line-up and charged his team with ash-ring GE into the next century. General Electric may be known as the "House...
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Three Pillars of Globalization
CEOs may be divided over the critical measure for success In becoming global. But they are united In reckoning that culture and people are the greatest hurdles to success. Once upon a time, American companies did most of their business in America. No...
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Web Watch
www.demographics.com This site is made up primarily of content from two magazines: American Demographics and Marketing Tools The first looks at consumer trends, with articles such as "You Can Still Buy a Thrill: Chasing the Ultimate Rush," which discusses...
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What's the World Coming To?
WE HOPED IT WOULD CRUMBLE WITH THE BELIN WALL. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD FADE ALONG WITH THE PESO CRISIS OF 1994, BUT POLITICAL INSTABILITY IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCETHREATENING MARKETS, CURRENCIES, AND ECONOMIES EVERYWHERE. POLITICAL INSTABILITY IS THE RESULT...
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