Chief Executive (U.S.)

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Articles from No. 215, January/February

Advertising for the Young and Snarky
IT'S NOT THE MARKETING, STUPID. BY JOE QUEENANComplaining about fatuous advertising is a time-honored American tradition, comparable to groaning about the government, moaning about the weather and whining about the refs. Young people seem particularly...
Are the Russians Coming?
ENERGYBY ANY MEASURE, Russia's Gazprom is huge. With 30.4 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in reserves, it is the world's biggest gas company, accounting for 25 percent of world supplies. It is Russia's largest company with revenues of $35.2 billion...
A Theater in the Home
High-end technology is about to get even better.Reclining in the technowomb of a high-end home theater with remote control in hand, it's hard to imagine how things could get any more cutting-edge.With tens of thousands of DVDs and a wide array of HDTV...
California Ranked Worst for Business
SURVEYCALIFORNIA GOVERNOR Arnold Schwarzenegger had a motorcycle accident recently. But he should see the even bigger train wreck that's headed his way: Readers of Chief Executive have for the second straight year named his state as the worst in the...
Can Chrysler Show Detroit the Way?
The smallest of the Big Three has done the most to transform itself. BY HERBERT SHULDINERStriding into DaimlerChrysler s assembly plant in Saltillo, Mexico, recently, Chrysler Group President Tom LaSorda broke away from a gaggle of executives and the...
Can GM Fight Back?
Wagoner says it can with some help-not a bailout-from Washington. BY WILLIAM J. HOLSTEINGeneral Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner, who has announced plans to cut 30,000 jobs and close nine factories by 2008, says the Bush Administration is making a...
CEOs under Fire
How can they respond?It's hardly a secret that chief executive officers of publicly traded companies have been under fire for years from nearly every direction. Some of them, such as the leaders of Enron and WorldCom, clearly deserved the heat. But other...
Debating American Competitiveness
The U.S. can keep an edge if it takes the right steps.With apologies to Charles Dickens, is it the best of times, with the United States poised for continued strong economic performance, or is it the worst of times, with the U.S. on the brink of being...
Developing Global Talent
Managing worldwide companies hinges on people, culture.It's one of those "can't live with it, can't live without it" propositions: Globalization has created unparalleled opportunities for low-cost manufacturing and opened up new markets, but managing...
Eliot Spitzer's Moment of Truth
IT'S 2006 and New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has a problem. He has filed charges against Richard Grasso for accepting too much compensation from the New York Stock Exchange and against Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg for allegedly manipulating...
Fighting the Glass Ceiling
Why Asian Americans don't have more positions at the topThe Old Navy presidency almost sailed right by Jenny Ming. About two years before she took the helm of the now 900-store division of the Gap in 1999, thenCEO Millard "Mickey" Drexler asked Ming...
Fixing Public Schools
It is increasingly a concern for CEOs.Does business have a responsibility to help improve K-12 public education? Does simple self-interest demand it? If so, what should the CEO's role be?Those questions framed the discussion at a roundtable on education....
Following the Money
If access to public markets is tricky, private funds are huge.In a concise, state-of-the-capital-markets declaration, Robert Greifeld, president and chief executive of The Nasdaq Stock Market, declared that access to money may be too healthy. "We're...
Framing the U.S. Debate
This could be the year that the issue of U.S. competitiveness finally arrives as a mainstay of conversations across the land. So we're pleased that this issue of Chief Executive will help frame the debate.Our cover story, written by Herbert Shuldiner,...
GM Has A Better Chance Than Ford
ANALYSISBILL FORD ISN'T MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES. BY HERBERT SHULDINERAlthough Ford and General Motors still produce more than one-third of the vehicles sold in the U.S., some industrial obituary writers have declared them unsalvageable. Joseph Phillippi,...
Mysteries of Innovation
There are right ways-and wrong ways.Remember just five years ago, when everyone believed innovation was best defined as a big new blowout that set an industry on its head? Some successes notwithstanding, the outcome has been disturbingly flat. "All too...
Supply Chain Enigmas
They're longer-but they also have to be faster.Ah, the good old days-25 years ago when uniform-maker Cintas bought fabric from a North Carolina mill, made the uniforms in Kentucky and distributed them to customers. In later years, the Carolina fabric...
Taming Health Care Costs
Companies must rethink their policies.The message is beginning to sink in: To tame rising health care costs, the model of how corporations manage the issue is going to have to change. More companies are going to self-insure and screen the health of new...
The Fight over CRM
On-demand services are providing a renaissance for a once-struggling technology. BY CINDY WAXERSoftware giant Oracle has never been one to shy away from acquisition. In 2005 alone, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company gobbled no less than nine competitors....