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Articles from No. 177, April

A Brother and a Boss
CEOWATCH heir apparent Family businesses can be very difficult, concedes Horace Hagedorn, the 87-year-old patriarch of Stern's Miracle-Gro Products, now part of The Scotts Co. All but one of Horace's six children began their careers at MiracleGro, which...
After the Hype
TECHNOLOGY There's hope yet for B2B exchanges. It's all about reaching customers-and giving them what they want. CEOs leapt at the chance to join business-to-- business exchanges, fearing they would lose competitive advantage to early adopter rivals...
Bagging Profits
PROFILE Freshly picked from GE, Albertson's top boss Larry Johnston is pushing new ideas. Time will tell if this super marketer's initiatives ring up. Inside the staff lounge of a recently opened Albertson's supermarket in the San Francisco suburb of...
Dial's Chief of Cleanup
TURNAROUND Herb Baum has the soap maker looking shiny and new. Now he needs to find a buyer. As a Dial Corp. board member, Herb Baum was not surprised to learn in August 2000 that the board was planning to oust CEO Maclolm Jozoff. Jozoff made number$660...
Disaster Publicity Brings TV Fame
CEOWATCH career path less traveled since September 11, the CEOs of many security firms have benefited from the serendipitous role disaster plays in their businesses. But few have been able to parlay their newfound visibility into a public position like...
Feedback
On Target I'm not sure whether it's just my imagination or not, but the February issue seemed to be much more on target with the CEO issues I'm interested in as a reader. There were so many 11 up-close-and-personal" profiles of CEOs and how they're addressing...
Fortress USA
CAPITOL IDEAS In the mid-1990s, visitors to the Commerce Department were often ushered into the frenetic "war room," established as a command post for American business at a time of intense international economic struggle. From scores of computers, officials...
Lead, Follow and Get out of the Way
EDITOR'S NOTE This most atypical of recessions-which may or may not have been a recession, which may or may not be over-has been absolutely typical in one key respect: CEOs are losing their jobs at a rapid clip. In a post--Enron business climate, investors...
Marketing by the Numbers
CHIEF CONCERN As a former chief marketing officer, I remember when the CMO job was thought to be a lot simpler. Essentially, the chief marketer was expected to create an ad, get it to the consumer through one of the few available media and then sit back...
Ordering out Is Back in Style
outsourcing It was the summer of 2000 and Fred Moore didn't have a lot of time to think about technology. The president and CEO of Wausau Benefits was busy heading a management-led buyout from Wausau Insurance and Liberty Mutual - and he had six months...
Send in the Pros
FLIP SIDE Not long ago, the Manhattan Institute's prestigious City Journal published a controversial article encouraging the United States government to recruit youthful computer hackers to help fight the war against terrorism. The article, written by...
Sense and Sensibility
REGIONAL REPORT: EUROPE Maria Eugenia Giron applies the latest Harvard MBA thinking to classic Spanish jewelry maker Carrera y Carrera. Manuel proudly shows off a stingray he has sculpted in ncrusted with a natural geode that seems to grow out of it...
The Enrons of Russia
The analysts who hyped Enron also promoted Russian oil companies. Readers of Russian newspapers were not at all surprised by recent stories about Enron. During the '90s, Russian energy companies were notorious for cooking their books, defrauding their...
The Real Cost of Firing a CEO
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Showing top execs the door can be an expensive proposition and not just because of hefty severance packages. When G. Richard Thoman resigned from Xerox Corp. after only 13 months as CEO in May 2000, the struggling photocopier company...
The Rules of Golf in the Spring
EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE Cell phones are out; compliments for good shots are in. Christine Jacobs says it is Northern California's cool and breezy climate that makes Pebble Beach her favorite place to play in the spring. The CEO of the Theragenics Corp.,...
The Unmighty Euro
ESSAY One view on why the pan-European currency is good for the pioneers of the profit culture-American CEOs. The dollar has never looked so good-literally. Since Jan. 1, when the euro replaced the currencies of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany,...
Tools for Turnarounds
MANAGEMENT When companies face their toughest times, boards call in the specialists with the skills to woo back Wall Street and the stomach for tough measures. Imperial Sugar Chairman and CEO Bob McLaughlin is a turnaround specialist, a rare breed of...
Truth Saying in Bankruptcy
strategies of the fittest with a record 257 public companies worth a combined $256 billion in assets filing for Chapter 11 protection this year, according to research company Bankruptcy Data.com, some advice on how to manage corporate communications...
Under the Knife
INVESTOR RELATIONS Executives and boards at this year's shareholder meetings should expect constituents to dissect business practices with new fervor. Annual shareholder meetings, historically dull affairs, this year are expected to be heated, as companies...
What Wall St. Hates to Hear
COVER Top executives downplay earnings guidance-some have kicked the habit altogether-and may force the market to go cold turkey with them. To the evident chagrin of many analysts, and even before the recent stew of accounting scandals came to a boil,...