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Why CEOs Are More Vulnerable

From board clashes to activist investors more leaders find themselves besieged and many find it necessary to yield to insurgent demands—or be deposed. Some like H.J. Heinz’s Bill Johnson find a middle path.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance October 25 2012

When Green Investments Turn Red

The Department of Energy (DOE) has provided almost $35 billion in loans, loan guarantees and conditional commitments to renewable-energy companies. About 35 percent of that is for solar-generating projects, which benefit from falling panel prices, compared with less than 4 percent for solar manufacturers. What has happened to these "investments"?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter October 25 2012

Director Compensation rose significantly in 2011, fueled by higher retainers and equity awards

Cash compensation for S&P 500 corporate board directors increased by only 1 percent while total comp increased by 8 percent. Companies are moving away from compensation based upon meeting attendance. Despite long-standing criticism companies continue to offer benefits to directors.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation October 18 2012

Planning Now Can Help Grow Wealth for Later

With tax laws in flux and interest rates at all-time lows, now is the time for CEOs to consider taking advantage of opportunities that could reduce tax bills in 2012 and beyond. But the clock is ticking on a number of these key strategies, so it’s critical for executives to take a close look at their planning before the end of this year.

Robert Barbetti CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy October 18 2012

5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 970,000 restaurants in America. Further research indicates that the three-year failure rate for restaurants hovers around 60 percent. So just what is it that makes some restaurants fold, while others turn into gold? For two successful Washington D.C.-based restaurants, the answer to their success starts with family.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy October 18 2012

Five Reasons to Have Second Thoughts about Simpson-Bowles

The Simpson-Bowles budget plan is often represented by media pundits and Washington insiders as a model for a bipartisan “grand bargain” to fix the deficit. It’s not surprising that Beltway wise men would want to steer the country in the tax-and-spend direction of Simpson-Bowles, but others are not so sure mainly because it leaves the spending spigot on. Here are five reasons why one might have second thoughts:

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 11 2012

Devising a HR Strategy for Global Expansion

Some entrepreneurs believe employee empowerment is not just a buzzword but also a business strategy. Founder and CEO of ecommerce giant Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, is a big believer that business must consciously develop a global worldview and culture before attempting international expansion. Rakuten, which also owns Canadian e-book creator Kobo and Buy.com, is giving Amazon.com its first serious competition in years. In his recent book, “Marketplace 3.0, Rewriting the Rules of Borderless Business” he sets forth a path for doing this.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business October 11 2012

Four Ways to Counter the Counter Offer

When hiring new employees, counter offers should be expected, as nobody wants to lose their best people. It is a lot easier to make a counter offer than it is to find a new person especially if the person quitting is top talent.

Brad Remillard CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 11 2012

5 Tax Increases Headed for Small Business

If President Obama is re-elected, argues Ryan Ellis, tax policy director at Americans for Tax Reform, one vitally important group of ratepayers—small business—will face five critical tax hikes.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , TAX POLICY October 4 2012

10 Companies with the Biggest Cash Stockpiles in America

Writing in Seeking Alpha, investment analyst and newsletter author David Sterman identifies 10 companies that are sitting on significant cash piles. Stunned to find how much some companies were sitting on, he says in some instances, these companies have such a large amount of cash that it equals or surpasses what some countries produce in terms of annual economic activity (GDP).

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 4 2012

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