Home » Author Archives: judith rehak (page 2)

Author Archives: judith rehak

Saying Good Bye to Paper-based Forms

Robert Harbage, chairman and CEO of Uarco, is in shirtsleeves, seated at a table strewn with half-empty coffee cups, and nursing a case of laryngitis. It’s no surprise, given the 5 a.m.-to-midnight workdays he’s been clocking as he engineers a transformation of the Barrington, IL, business forms company.“If you don’t get up to speed, you don’t get off the runway,” ...

Read More »

Metering the Infobahn

The colorful and oversize paintings that hang in the New York headquarters of Wave Systems are an appropriate metaphor for the company’s chairman and CEO, 56-year-old Peter Sprague. Before and during his 30 years as chairman of chip maker National Semiconductor, Sprague spearheaded a number of ventures, some of them admittedly quixotic: a chicken farm in Iran, a run for ...

Read More »

Peter McCausland

With his boyish face and habitual bow-tie, Peter McCausland, 45, still looks like the young lawyer from Philadelphia‘s Main Line he once was. Only today, he’s the chairman and CEO of Airgas, the country’s largest distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases.That wasn’t what McCausland had in mind in 1976 when he joined the U.S. subsidiary of a German industrial ...

Read More »

John Tugwell

John Tugwell decided to give up his Harley-Davidson motorcycle two years ago after a nasty run-in with a pothole. But the president, CEO, and chairman of NatWest Bancorp, the U.S. unit of National Westminster plc, hasn’t backed off from the challenges of leading a “foreign” bank in the rapidly changing American market.His work was cut out for him when he ...

Read More »

William G. Parzybok Jr.

Bill Parzybok suffered only one disappointment when he accomplished the feat of scaling Mt. Rainier two years ago. The guide service wouldn’t allow the experienced climber to plant a flagpole containing a microfilm copy of his company’s mission statement atop the 14,410-foot peak.Mission statements are sometimes written off as empty words, but not in Parzybok’s book, He’s convinced that Fluke ...

Read More »

Joseph Hardiman

The financial markets have had a somewhat uneven time the last two years, but the Nasdaq Stock Market may be experiencing the rockiest time of all. After a decade of playing catch-up, the computerized exchange that edged past rival New York Stock Exchange in total and daily share volume for 1994 has hit a snag, Nasdaq’s explosive growth has been ...

Read More »

Robert Herres

You won’t find many CEOs who first learned about technology in the cockpit of a Sabrejet. One such is Robert Herres, retired Air Force general and, as of last September, chairman and CEO of USAA, a financial services company that sells everything from life insurance to no-load mutual funds to military officers and their families.Herres, 61, sits at the controls ...

Read More »

Glen Hineri

In taking the reins of Owens-Corning Fiberglas two years ago, Glen Hiner faced a tall task. Struggling to pay off a $2 billion debt, incurred while defeating a hostile takeover, the Toledo-based company had divested operations and cut back on R&D. Its CEO, stricken by cancer, had retired after only a brief time in the job. Media reports on OCF ...

Read More »

Eli Broad

Rumors of Eli Broad’s retirement have proved premature. But he’s getting into the retirement business in a big way. The chairman, president, and CEO of insurance company SunAmerica has zeroed in on the annuities market, capitalizing on the desire of baby boomers to prepare for life after full-time employment.Demographics portend continued growth and profitability for the Los Angeles-based company: Boomers ...

Read More »

Walter Forbes

Walter Forbes is taking telemarketer CUC International back to the future.Forbes and his entrepreneur colleagues thought they had a surefire idea when they founded CUC in 1973: Charging customers to shop via computer. But the idea was ahead of its time, and the company nearly went under. A shift to telephone sales when Forbes took over as chairman and CEO ...

Read More »