Getting an Executive View
An Interview with a Chief
Lawrence A. Bossidy, Marcia J. Avedon
This chapter is based on an interview with Lawrence A. Bossidy, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International (formerly AlliedSignal, Inc.). Larry Bossidy has been cited in many business articles for his superior financial performance and transformational leadership during his nine-year tenure as chief executive of AlliedSignal (Stewart, 1992, 1999; Franco, 1999; Maynard, 1994). In 1998 Larry Bossidy was selected among his peer CEOs as CEO of the year (Dolan, 1998). “Larry Bossidy led one of the most remarkable turnarounds in corporate history,” says J. P. Donlon, editor-in-chief of Chief Executive.
The interviewer and author of this chapter, Marcia Avedon, has had the opportunity to work with Larry Bossidy at AlliedSignal and Honeywell on recruiting and selecting executives, determining executive compensation, and providing development opportunities and succession plans.
What are your thoughts about the role of executives, how their role may differ from other managers in companies, and how you may have seen the role change over your career?
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