JP Donlon

JP Donlon is the Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine.

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So What’s Claude’s Next Move?

Axa’s Claude Bebear, dubbed “crocodile Claude” because of his appetite for acquisitions during the ’80s, is on the prowl again. In transforming a once obscure French insurer into a global financial services giant, the urbane Bebear is going up against the major players in insurance, asset management, and financial services-including rival “Hank” Greenberg’s AIG, which is the profitability pacesetter.

JP Donlon April 1 1999

Harnessing Knowledge

For every $100 invested in shares of Microsoft or Intel, only about $1 represents physical assets. Clearly, the real value of today’s companies is not captured in traditional net worth accounting.

JP Donlon March 1 1999

Big Brown Boots Up

Internet companies are very hot now. That’s nice. But maybe the biggest e-commerce player isn’t Microsoft, Intel, AOL, Amazon, or the dot com de jour stock the punters are talking up.

JP Donlon March 1 1999

The Customer-Centered Enterprise

E-commerce is transforming every firm into an e-business where the customer is at the center of a communications infrastructure. CEOs agree that it’s not easy, nor cheap, but neither is it optional.

JP Donlon January 1 1999

Globalization-and Its Discontents

Is the erosion of cultural values and the decline of family and tradition the inevitable price of globalization? No, says social critic William Bennett, who argues that business leaders have a stake in the cultural consequences of more freedom and easy money. Free markets allow us to do well, but, he asks, are we doing nobly?

JP Donlon January 1 1999

After the Euro…Now What?

Within weeks, the euro will have arrived. But will the true single market ever become reality?

JP Donlon December 1 1998

Does Welfare to Work Work?

Getting people off welfare rolls is easy. It’s getting them on employment payrolls—and keeping them there—that’s complicated. Public and private sector experience suggests how this can best be achieved.

JP Donlon December 1 1998

Final Trumpets

Last year, CE gathered CEO veterans of the Vietnam era to explore the leadership lessons learned from that experience. Chief among them is a healthy skepticism—some would argue disrespect—for authority, making trust and team building that much more critical. Equally important is perspective—perspective on life, people, and what’s truly important. In that spirit, CE teamed up with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in gathering CEO vets to continue the dialogue.

JP Donlon December 1 1998

Measuring the Value of Your Investment

One need not resort to quantum physics or probabilistic outcomes calculations to better understand the business returns to IT investment. First, be clear about what you’re asking the IT investment to do. The measures you select will drive behaviors accordingly.

JP Donlon November 1 1998

Rolling the Dice

In Snake Eyes, Brian DePalma’s current movie thriller starring Nicolas Cage, the plot revolves around the assassination of a Secretary [...]

JP Donlon October 1 1998

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