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Chief Executive magazine (published since 1977) is the definitive source that CEOs turn to for insight and ideas that help increase their effectiveness and grow their business. Chief Executive Group also produces e-newsletters and online content at chiefexecutive.net and manages Chief Executive Network and other executive peer groups, as well as conferences and roundtables that enable top corporate officers to discuss key subjects and share their experiences within a community of peers. Chief Executive facilitates the annual “CEO of the Year,” a prestigious honor bestowed upon an outstanding corporate leader, nominated and selected by a group of peers, and is known throughout the U.S. and elsewhere for its annual ranking of Best & Worst States for Business. Visit www.chiefexecutive.net for more information.

Friends of Starbucks’ CEO Want Him to Run Against Hillary

Hillary Clinton is still the presumptive favorite to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency. But high-powered friends of Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz are reportedly eager to anoint him as a challenger to Clinton. The 62-year-old CEO has been urged by supporters to join the Democratic primary, with friends “thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political ...

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Executive Pay Is a Touchy but Misunderstood Subject

Executive compensation is closely scrutinized by politicians and public investors. Oracle, for example, was criticized last year for paying its three top executives more than $35m each. Yet public reports of executive pay have often been misunderstood because they include accounting estimates of contingent compensation that may never be received.

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10 Things Successful Leaders Remember When Things Go Wrong

We tend to think of good leadership in conjunction with smooth sailing. If you're smart and resourceful, and you build and nurture a good team and generate good ideas, what can go wrong? A lot. Whether it's a failure of planning, a bad judgment call, or an accident of fate, trouble eventually comes to every leader. And that's when leadership really matters.

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The Female CEO: Reputation Premium?

Even though women in business still have much to achieve, they have come a long way since the days when a Peggy Olson, the striving female copywriter in the hit TV series Mad Men, had to climb her way up the corporate ladder under the gaze of dubious male executives. Nowadays, the benefit of promoting greater gender diversity in the ...

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Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Backs Diversification Strategy

The chief executive of Rolls-Royce, which is reeling from four profit warnings in less than 18 months, on Thursday signaled his strong support for the engine maker’s existing diversification strategy. Warren East told the Financial Times that the plan was “broadly correct” even though it prompted strong criticism from shareholders of his predecessor, John Rishton. Mr East also left the ...

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Consumer Confidence Records Best Eight Months in Past Decade

Consumer confidence slipped a bit in July 2015, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Nonetheless, the data provide no indication of a break in the prevailing positive trend. The Sentiment Index has averaged 94.5 since December 2014, the highest eight-month average since 2004, according to U-M economist Richard Curtin, who directs the surveys. Conducted by the U-M ...

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