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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.

DIY Brand Building

Tom Duncan The Challenge. You’re a manufacturing company looking to make headway in a market saturated with established brands. Like you, your competitors operate cost-efficient manufacturing facilities in China, so competing on price is not an option. What’s more, several peer brands are owned by the very retail channels you’re hoping to sell through—fiercely territorial players unlikely to give prime ...

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Positec CEO Tom Duncan: DIY Brand Building

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Based in Suzhou, China, $350 million Positec Tool was once primarily a contract manufacturer, making private label tools for home improvement chains like Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as brands like Black & Decker. Here Chief Executive interviews Positec CEO Tom Duncan.

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Covance: Tactics for Talent Troubles

Covance’s Joe Herring Innovation has always been near and dear to pharmaceutical heavyweights, such as Pfizer and Eli Lilly, whose very lifeblood depends on minting a steady flow of new drugs for their in-patent pipelines. In the past, as long as they achieved that goal, the industry had little trouble justifying the sprawling campuses, plush salaries and pension plans, and ...

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Covance CEO Joe Herring: Tactics for Talent Troubles

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Contract research organizations (CROs), like Covance, have benefitted from once cost-be-damned pharmaceutical companies' new focus on budget. Chief Executive interviews Joe Herring, CEO of $2.8 billion Princeton, N.J.-based Covance, which focuses on driving cost and time out of the development process.

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CEOs Tackle Technology

In November, more than 65 CEOs gathered in Silicon Valley to assess how mobile, cloud, social media and analytic technologies are altering the ways companies and consumers function on a daily basis—and ultimately transforming the competitive landscape. In partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education, Chief Executive hosted one of its signature CEO-only events at Stanford’s Schwab ...

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Saved in Space

Iridium’s Matt Desch In 2000, talk swirled around a literal flame-out faced by satellite telephone company Iridium. Unable to find backers or buyers a year after filing bankruptcy, the company was forced to set a date to let its 66 orbiting satellites—a network Motorola spent $5 billion developing—drop to crash and burn in the Earth’s atmosphere. Then, a group of ...

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Rules for Leaders

  Leader to Leader Institute’s Frances Hesselbein Tapped to lead the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1976, Frances Hesselbein was charged with saving an organization bogged down by bureaucracy and grappling with a dearth of diversity and eight straight years of declining membership. Under her guidance, the number of minority scouts tripled and overall membership soared to 2.3 million ...

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