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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.

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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A Healthy Start

The Challenge You’re an entrepreneur who sold his investors on developing a robotic technology that will revolutionize your industry, only to discover, after investing four years and $15 million building a robot, that it doesn’t work. The Context A veteran of the drug-dispensing industry, Remedi Senior-Care CEO Michael Bronfein was confident that automation technology could dramatically advance the institutional drug ...

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