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QlikTech CEO Lars Bjork: Swedish Sensation

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When Lars Bjork joined the nascent business intelligence software company QlikTech in 2000, it was a tiny entity with 35 people and $2 million in revenues based in Lund, Sweden. Bjork came aboard as CFO, but his role proved much broader.“In a company of that size, your title may be CFO, but you’re a jackof- all-trades,” says Bjork, who took ...

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IHS CEO Jerre Stead: The Reluctant CEO

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When Jerre Stead agreed to step in and aid an ailing IHS back in 2000, it was on one condition: “I said, I’ll be happy to be chairman, but I’m not going to do CEO again,” recounts the 65-year-old, who had left the chairman and CEO role at Ingram Micro. a scant six months earlier.For a while he kept his ...

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Pricelock CEO Bob Fell: Pumping Protection

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Wouldn’t it be nice to pay $1.50 per gallon of gas when prices at the pump are $1.99 and up? Or how about having price protection on fuel for your company’s fleet of delivery or service vehicles – or offering it to employees? That’s the premise behind Pricelock, a growth-stage company looking to couple technology and price-protection hedging strategy to ...

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Philips Electronics CEO Scott Weisenhoff: Fine-Tuning Philips

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At Royal Philips Electronics, heading a $9 billion market is apparently not quite enough responsibility for one executive. The organization’s matrix management structure gives regional CEOs an additional role in one of its three global sectors: healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle. For Scott M. Weisenhoff that translates to wearing two hats at the company: CEO of Philips Electronics North America ...

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Peebles Corporation CEO & Chairman R. Donahue Peebles: Real Dealer

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The outcome of the recent presidential election likely disappointed Chief Executive readers, 80 percent of whom said they supported Sen. John McCain in his presidential bid. But at least one CEO celebrated Sen. Barack Obama’s victory: R. Donahue “Don” Peebles, founder of the Peebles Corporation, a $400 million real-estate development company based in Coral Gables, Fla., and author of The ...

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LSI Logic CEO Abhi Talwalkar: Chipping Away

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When Abhi Talwalkar agreed to take the top post at LSI Logic in May 2005, he knew he was in for a wild ride. Once a Silicon Valley darling, LSI had risen from no-name startup in 1981 to $2 billion global company under founder Wilfred Corrigan, who established it as a leading manufacturer of customized microelectronic chips for the semiconductor ...

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