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c-suite moves

Viacom Ousts 5 Board Members, Including CEO

Viacom Ousts 5 Board Members, Including CEO  Viacom Inc. controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone¬†removed five board directors at Viacom. Among these members was Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. To many industry leaders, this indicates the precursor to a potentially major management move at the $20 billion company. Dauman and the other four members will remain on the [...]

GDP Expectations Cut Due to US Economy

GDP Expectations Cut Due to US Economy  Leaders from some of U.S. biggest companies fear that the country's economy is stuck in somewhat of a rut. CEOs cut their real gross domestic product growth expectations from 2.2 percent to 2.1 percent per the Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index for the second quarter of 2016. [...]

Fast Followers vs. First Movers

Fast Followers vs. First Movers  Innovation and technology have historically positioned companies in one of two categories: first movers or fast followers. Conventional wisdom pointed to the latter approach as the smart move. Let the first movers take a shot and get it right before putting your business at risk. However, the modern rate of [...]

Women Lead the Charge in Business Innovation

Women Lead the Charge in Business Innovation  The problematically low number of women in leadership is no new topic. There have been countless studies pointing to the lack of gender diversity on boards and in C-level positions. However, several recent studies point out just what a big mistake businesses across the world make by excluding [...]

Beware the Counteroffer

Change is a royal pain, and so it goes with many executive-level job changes. And change cannot occur without dealing with its twin brother: fear.

New CEO? Boost Your Odds of Success

New CEO? Boost Your Odds of Success  The spotlight is bright and immediate for new CEOs. Boards, investors and employees pay close attention to the first strategic moves a new leader makes. The McKinsey Quarterly set out to examine the major moves made by CEOs in their first two years (May 2016, Birshan, Meakin, Strovink). [...]

The Most Important Business Story of the Next Five Years

The Most Important Business Story of the Next Five Years In 2011, Marc Andreessen wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. The article, titled "Why Software is Eating the World," detailed the implications of a rapidly growing tech sector. When it was written, people were more focused on the financial crisis than technology. Fast [...]
c-suite moves

First Women Named to Fitbit Board of Directors

First Women Named to Fitbit Board of Directors Fitbit named CEO of Williams-Sonoma Inc., Laura Alber, and CFO of Whole Foods Market Inc., Glenda Flanagan, to its board of directors. Alber and Flanagan are the first women directors appointed to the Fitbit board. The addition of these two members will grow the company's board from [...]

Startups vs. Corporations: The Race for Innovation

Startups vs. Corporations: The Race for Innovation Startups and corporations are often examined side-by-side. It is a classic tale of new versus old. What leaves a company better positioned: years of experience or a clean slate ripe for risk-taking? In terms of innovation, startups may just have the upper hand, according to Entrepreneur (June 7, Li). [...]

Do You Have What it Takes to Lead a Company in Crisis?

Do You Have What it Takes to Lead a Company in Crisis? Want to see a leader's true colors? Watch how he handles a business in crisis. According to Fast Company, failures often make the defining moments of an executive's career (June 6, Weissman). And while no two business disasters are the same, there are some [...]

Take it from Amazon: Look Forward and Plan

Take it from Amazon: Look Forward and Plan There is a considerable amount of literature out in the world centered on how to formulate an effective strategy. However, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' roadmap to success is simple: Decide what will matter in 10 years, and plan around that. According to CNBC, Bezos believes building a [...]