Russ Banham

Russ Banham (russ@russbanham.com) is a contributing writer to Chief Executive


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Pay in the Balance

Some severance packages are so rich it’s a wonder CEOs still work. Here’s how to avoid shareholder ire in compensation.

Russ Banham August 1 2001

Dismal Indemnity

Want to buy a big building or a company jet? Go for it – but good luck getting it insured.

Russ Banham March 1 2002

Tools for Turnaround

When companies face their toughest times, boards call in the specialists with the skills to woo back Wall Street and the stomach for tough measures.

Russ Banham April 1 2002

The Whole Truth

The “no one told me” excuse is disappearing, but finding credible data and figuring out how to disclose it remains tough.

Russ Banham July 1 2002

Pay Crackdown

At leading companies, compensation committees make changes to heed criticism of egregious pay. Washington likely will spur others.

Russ Banham September 1 2002

The Warren Buffett School

They have free rein, ready capital and the best boss a CEO could want. They run Berkshire Hathaway companies, and you’ve only begun to envy them.

Russ Banham December 1 2002

Tireless in Seattle

Two years ago, 80-year-old Safeco Insurance Co. came dangerously close to shutting its doors for good. Earnings had plunged to [...]

Russ Banham April 1 2003

Seeing the Big Picture

New data tools are enabling CEOs to get a better handle on performance across their organizations.

Russ Banham November 1 2003

Is Something Wrong At Microsoft?

It isn’t fending off an emerging challenge to its monopoly. And it can’t extend its dominance into new sectors. Is this the AT&T syndrome?

Russ Banham Technology April 1 2004

Can Cherkasky Save Marsh?

The financial giant’s board picked a squeaky clean outsider to lead it back from the brink. But even the new CEO agrees this turnaround is far from over. 

Russ Banham August 1 2005

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