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Dale Buss
Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

Michigan-California Battle of Test Sites Portends Future of Self-Driving Cars


The high-stakes race to control the future of self-driving automobiles, pitting Midwestern manufacturing country against the digital capital of Silicon Valley, is picking up speed now that both regions are bidding to become the first to establish the best testing facility for autonomous driving.

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How General Mills Has Harnessed Annie’s Chief to Remake the Parent


John Foraker has one of the most interesting chief’s jobs in the entire global food business these days: The former CEO is president of Annie’s Homegrown, the organic-foods leader that General Mills purchased less than two years ago.

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A Snack Bar CEO Shows How to Extend ‘Kind-Ness’ Through a Foundation

Kind Snacks already has accomplished a lot by helping establish and define the notion of a purpose-built brand and turning the U.S. snacks business upside-down in the process. Still, the founder of the fruit-and-nut-bar brand, Daniel Lubetzky, felt something was missing—a formalized effort that speaks to its name and mission.

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5 Ways for Mid-Market CEOs to Build Passion into Employees

Savvy CEOs understand that compensation and advancement alone typically aren’t enough to motivate employees these days, especially millennials who would prefer a higher purpose in their work.

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Mid-Market Automotive Sector M&A Saw Healthy Growth in 2015

CEOs of hundreds of mid-market U.S. companies are paying closer attention to potential mergers and acquisitions in the auto industry this year after 2015 set records in global deal activity in the sector.

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CEO McMillon Tries to Save Walmart’s Business Model

Last week, Walmart executed what it has called “one of the largest single-day, private-sector pay increases ever” when the retailing giant boosted wages for more than 1.2 million of its U.S. workers in the second phase of a two-year, $2.7-billion investment in its labor force.

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Insurance Companies Are Emerging as Big-Data Leaders

Insurance companies are among the leaders today when it comes to exploiting Big Data and related tools such as predictive analytics and machine learning. As a result, they have some lessons CEOs of other companies can learn from in terms of how to leverage Big Data to maintain a competitive edge.

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Tyco Deal Will Add to Checkered Legacy of Johnson Controls CEO Molinaroli

Johnson Controls chief Alex Molinaroli has gained a reputation as something of a bad-boy CEO lately, and it’ll be interesting to see how his controversial bid to merge with Tyco International in a $28.8-billion tax-inversion deal will affect his reputation and legacy.

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6 Reasons Some CEOs Are Supporting Donald Trump for President


True to his impact in every way, Donald Trump is the great polarizer of CEOs as well as of the body politic. And while fellow business chiefs who oppose him have been the more vocal, a considerable number of CEOs also support the real estate mogul who maintains a huge lead in Republican presidential polls heading into the South Carolina primary later this week.

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