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Author Archives: Jennifer Pellet

As editor-at-large at Chief Executive magazine, Jennifer Pellet writes feature stories and CEO roundtable coverage and also edits various sections of the publication.

Pulte’s Richard Dugas Builds a Better Mousetrap

Richard Dugas, CEO of Atlanta-based builder and developer Pulte Group, took a company that had suffered a significant hit after the 2008 economic downturn and shifted the strategy from owning real estate to building and selling homes. Three years in, the company has paid down $1 billion in debt and reintroduced a dividend to its shareholders, one higher than it has ever paid before.

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Royal Caribbean: On Deck with Adam Goldstein

Cruises—people either love them or they’ve never been on one. That, in a nutshell, captures the biggest challenge facing today’s cruise lines, says Adam Goldstein, who recently sailed into the president and COO role at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., from his former post as CEO of the company’s flagship brand, Royal Caribbean International.

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Cardinal’s Profit Prescription

When George Barrett joined Cardinal Health in 2008, both the company and the health care industry were at a crossroads. Founded as a private entity in the ’70s, the Dublin, Ohio-based drug distributor had grown into a Fortune 500 behemoth, commanding the No. 2 spot in the drug distribution business and also operating a lucrative—and growing—medical-device business. However, while both ...

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The DNA of Disruptive Innovation

For the past 30 years pharma has thrived on big molecule breakthroughs and savvy marketing, but that model has been challenged by an environment of skyrocketing health care spending, rising development costs and intensifying competition from generics. Clearly, pharma needs a way to rethink its business—change its DNA—and re-invent and renew itself by rethinking the entire end-to-end value chain.

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