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BioSante CEO Stephen Simes: Leveraging Libido


How does BioSante, a small pharmaceutical company that took in $2.5 million in revenue in 2010, expect to compete in the multi-billion dollar pharma industry? By being patient, outlasting the pharma giants, and introducing a new drug to fill a gap in the market.

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Polycom CEO Andrew Miller: Can You See Me Now?


When Polycom brought in Andrew Miller in May of 2010, he wasted no time in starting to reorganize things. In order to stay up to speed in the quickly-changing video and video conference field, Miller knew that a slow transition wasn't going to cut it. He changed almost half of the company's employees and united two of the company's divisions. As a result, revenue grew by 26 percent in 2010 alone and the company's stock has doubled over the last year.

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IBM’s Saul Berman: Where’s the Value?


Working for IBM's Global Business Services, Saul Berman counsels companies on strategic issues. He has also recently authored the book, "Not For Free: Revenue Strategies for a New World." How does Berman suggest CEOs safeguard their businesses against disruption? Here's an answer you might not expect: watch your kids.

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Tom Harrison, Omnicom DAS CEO, On Entrepreneurs: Born Not Bred

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CEO of Omnicom Group's Diversified Agency Services (DAS), Tom Harrison believes that entrepreneurship is inherent -- people are either born with the ability to innovate or they aren't. Harrison maintains, however, that you can still be successful if you aren't instinctively entrepreneurial, but you'll have to compensate.

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John Faraci, International Paper CEO: Climbing the EBITDA Summit


As CEO of International Paper, CEO John Faraci helped the $25 billion company (with an EBITDA of $3.3 billion) have its best fourth quarter in a decade. What's the first thing he monitors each morning? Safety -- it's "a good indicator of product quality, morale, housekeeping and costs."

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Republic Air Takes Wing


Republic Airways CEO Brian Bedford doesn't just sit in his corner office, he takes to the planes. By working undercover (doing everything from customer service calls to cleaning) this chief executive took his company to new heights.

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Punit Renjen, Deloitte Consulting CEO: Clarifying Consulting


Punit Renjen took the helm at Deloitte Consulting in November 2009 growing his division's top line by 23 percent in 2010 to $4.5 billion. Some predict he will replace Sharon Allen as chairman of Deloitte LLP in May. How did he do it?

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David Kirchoff, Weight Watchers CEO: Scales Up


Delivering a leaner workforce—one pound at a time. Weight Watchers CEO David Kirchoff talks about partnering with Merck and beating the obesity epidemic.

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Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners CEO, Saving U.S. Manufacturing


In 2010, the U.S. economy created only 1.1 million newjobs, a rate of increase well short of the number ofentrants into the labor market. Pointing to the quartermillionjobs her firm has rescued in 10 years, theself-made billionaire thinks there's a way to redress this.

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