JP Donlon

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


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Is U.S. Manufacturing on the Mend?

Does manufacturing have to take place on our own shores in order for the U.S. to have an innovative and competitive economy? There is no ready or simple answer.

JP Donlon Editor's Note July 9 2014

How Bob Iger Remade the House That Walt Built

Even iconic brands need fixing from time to time. But instead of the easy fixes, Bob Iger played the long game by addressing Disney’s cultural issues head-on with a three-pronged strategy, making it a stronger, more profitable company with greater depth in its overall brand. The takeaway for CEOs is that, yes, culture—and persistence—matter.

JP Donlon CEO of the Year July 1 2014

States That Get it Right

While the nation-state is far from dead, more and more regions are feeling encumbered—if not suffocated—by centralized control. A large body of empirical research has examined the relationship between the size of government and economic outcomes; and based on that research, the U.S. has much room to scale back.

JP Donlon Governance/Compliance May 15 2014

Patents’ Prince Charming

There are 2.2 million U.S. patents in force and less than 10 percent of them are generating any licensing revenue. Jay Walker thinks his latest venture will awaken our economy’s “Sleeping Beauty” patents, which can be leveraged as springboards to innovation, business expansion and greater economic competitiveness.

JP Donlon Business Intelligence , Legal May 9 2014

2014 Best & Worst States for Business

In the 10th annual survey of CEOs concerning their views of the best and worst states for business, over 500 CEOs across the U.S. responded, grading states with which they were familiar on measures including tax and regulatory regime, the quality of the workforce, and the quality of the living environment.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States May 8 2014

New Jersey is the 47th Best State for Business 2014

New Jersey’s credit rating was recently downgraded by Moody’s in conjunction with an $807 million budget deficit, resulting in pension payments and school aid being at risk.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Ohio is the 27th Best State for Business 2014

Under the previous governor, Scott Walker, Ohio became the No. 5 job creator in the nation and the No. 1 in the Midwest. Unemployment is now 6.5%, lowest in Ohio since June 2008. Likewise, Ohio has gone from an $8 billion deficit to a $1.5 billion surplus over the same period.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Georgia is the 10th Best State for Business 2014

Since the 2013 ranking, the legislature passed significant worker’s comp reform that cut business costs, and CEOs were pleased.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Hawaii is the 43rd Best State for Business 2014

Tourism for the first quarter was down slightly from the same period last year. Hawaii lawmakers passed an increased minimum wage bill earlier this year, increasing it from $7.25 to $10.10. And in April, the governor approved a bill that would allow the University of Hawaii to grow a crop of hemp, for use in biodiesel. The program should provide new jobs on the island.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Virginia is the 11th Best State for Business 2014

With China lifting its 7-year ban on Virginia poultry, the state’s GDP may be on the rise. In addition, Dominion Virginia Power received a $47 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to build wind turbines off of Virginia Beach, which will bring jobs to the area.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

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