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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.

A CEO with a Mission

The Challenge You’re perfectly happy in your role as SVP of sales at a large, thriving biotech, when along comes a company with a noble cause—curing cancer, or to be more exact, dramatically improving the outcome rate of cancer therapies. Management wants you to abandon a 15-year tenure at your well-established current company to take the helm of a relative ...

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American Vanadium: Energizing Solutions

The Challenge You’re the CEO of a Canadian mining and exploration company whose resources have been focused on extracting vanadium—a rare earth metal—from a significant deposit in Nevada since 2006. You’re now a few years away from production and ready to shift your focus to sales and distribution—ideally by leveraging vanadium’s potential role in renewable energy. The Context Traditionally used ...

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This New Old House

  The Chateau Grand Luce There’s something undeniably alluring about the concept of stepping back through history. That universal appeal is why so many of us take time during our travels to seek out surroundings that evoke times long past—touring lavishly appointed castles, marveling at architectural wonders and visiting the homes of great poets, leaders or other inspiring individuals. What ...

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Leading a Cultural Revolution

When Keith Williams took the helm of Northbrook, Illinois-based Underwriters Laboratories in 2005 the 118-year-old company was floundering. The company’s UL Mark—the symbol it places on products that pass the rigorous tests it has developed to ensure consumer and employee safety—still commanded respect, but UL was carrying considerable debt, losing market share to competitors and grappling with low employee morale. ...

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