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Stock Market’s Rise May Be Producing Crop of Very Cautious CEOs, Study of Stock Options Suggests

With the stock market surge over the past several years, executive stock options awarded near the bottom of the market are worth small – or not so small – fortunes. How does this affect the way CEOs run their companies? A hefty increase in options’ paper value may lead to sharp decrease in risk-taking

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter April 25 2013

How Smart Manufacturing Changes Everything

Automation of processes that increase yield and raise productivity, is the core of what people think of when they speak of smart manufacturing. Smart is not limited to process change but opens the door to the use of new materials. Rather than stocking inventory 3-D printing capability allows custom built job-lots of one. Smart is certainly transforming manufacturing but it also transforms companies themselves. Witness Valin Corp. a San Jose supplier to the semiconductor that nearly perished in the wake of the dotcom bust of 2001.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter April 25 2013

Mid-Size Companies Mixed on Global Market

While some firms are looking to go global, many see no pressing need to look beyond the U.S.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 13 2013

CEOs’ Expectations Hit Highest Level Since May 2011

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive’s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions for the next 12 months, saw its highest month-over-month gain in the past two years, rising 9.5 percent to 6.07 out of a possible 10. The rating of current conditions also saw an uncommonly high monthly gain, rising 8 percent to 5.70 out of 10.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 14 2013

Five Questions Board Members Need to Ask About Cloud Computing

Board members are hearing more and more from their management teams about the noteworthy business benefits of cloud computing, such as: Cloud strategies make the enterprise more efficient and agile. Cloud computing allows delivered services to be more innovative and more competitive. Cloud computing reduces overall operating costs. But how confident can boards be that management plans will achieve these benefits? Is there a way to know that, even if the benefits are real, increased operational risk will not outweigh those benefits? Fortunately, by understanding what cloud is and what it is not and by asking a few key questions of management teams, boards can gain that confidence—in management plans and strategic goals, as well as in the decisions made in response to those plans.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 2 2013

How CEOs Grade the Best/Worst States: 2013

Here’s a look at how our CEOs graded the states for this year’s survey. For additional reference are other important state statistics.

ChiefExecutive.net Best & Worst States May 6 2013

10 Worst States for Business 2013: Slideshow

Yet again, California takes the title of the worst state in which to do business. Here are the other states that didn’t perform well in this year’s survey.

ChiefExecutive.net Best & Worst States May 6 2013

10 Best States for Business 2013: Slideshow

Here’s a look at the best states in which to do business in 2013 and what CEOs had to say about them.

ChiefExecutive.net Best & Worst States May 6 2013

President Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

The Obama Administration is launching competitions to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies—Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. To build off the initial success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, the President announced in the State of the Union that his Administration would move forward and launch three new manufacturing innovation institutes this year. The President will continue to call on Congress to act on his proposal for a one-time $1 billion investment to create a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes across the country.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 15 2013

States in Fierce Competition Over Tax Reform

Just as countries vie with one another to be agreeable places in which to do business by having congenial tax rates, U.S, states have come to realize that in order to attract jobs and diversify revenue, they too, must adjust their tax structure accordingly. Long having struggled to attract business and diversify its economy, New Mexico recently passed a tax reform package which will likely cause nearby states like Arizona, California and Nevada to take notice and possibly rethink their own efforts at reform. Texas’ governor Rick Perry, who runs a fairly low-tax state environment, is calling for even more reductions.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 9 2013

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