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Born to Run…Companies

Expect the unexpected from Paula Jagemann.While she now speaks with the soft twang of the Maryland hills where she’s lived most of her adult life, Jagemann is a subject of Queen Elizabeth II and carries a British passport-a tribute to her Manchester roots-on her frequent overseas travels. But the CEO of eci2, a growing online office sleepy New Jersey village.“My ...

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The Stuff of Dreams

The first thing Chris Kirk did after she left an 18-year tenure at Arthur Andersen was to get a tattoo on her foot-the figure of a Native American symbol known as “Dream Catcher.” That artifact, traditionally hung on a bedpost, is said to deliver up good dreams to the Great Spirit while incinerating bad ones.“I got the tattoo because it ...

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Rick Priory’s Natural Gas

Rick Priory’s tenure at Duke involves a tale of two companies. The first is Duke Power, as the company was known until the late 1990s, a regional $10 billion electric utility. Then came deregulation, a merger with PanEnergy Corp., and the emergence of Duke Energy, a diversified $40 billion empire encompassing energy trading, natural gas dealing, engineer­ing, construction, and international ...

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Chugging Along

No demutualization. No Internet vending. No globalization. While not official slogans of the Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, these mottoes characterize CEO Joe Sargent’s vision for a company that he describes as “contrarian.” To Sargent, being contrarian means bucking the trends that pervade the financial services industry.One such trend involves the conversion of industry giants from mutual to stock ...

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Norwegian Would

“Why in the world would I take this job?” A reasonable question, coming from a man who took the helm in late 1998 of a company mired in a quicksand of deficit and debt, its share price having plummeted to a fraction of what it had been the year before. Kjell Almskog, CEO of The Kvaerner Group, answers his own ...

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The Fulfillment Dilemma

The current state of online retailing recalls the tale of the hapless storekeeper who was meeting with his accountant. “I don’t understand how you make a living,” said the CPA. “You’re losing money on every sale.” “Yes,” answered the man, “but I make it up in volume.”These days, according to a Forrester Research report, less than half of online sellers ...

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