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Chief Executive Names Boeing’s Jim McNerney ‘2015 CEO of the Year’

As complex organizations go, there are few companies with as many moving parts as Boeing, which Jim McNerney has transformed since he became CEO in July 2005. McNerney also successfully overcame challenges at 3M and GE to become one of the U.S.’s most respected business leaders. After dealing with the air-pocket concerning the Dreamliner, he has been on a smooth flight path for the world’s biggest producer of aircraft and the nation’s largest exporter.

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How Bob Iger Remade the House That Walt Built

Even iconic brands need fixing from time to time. But instead of the easy fixes, Bob Iger played the long game by addressing Disney’s cultural issues head-on with a three-pronged strategy, making it a stronger, more profitable company with greater depth in its overall brand. The takeaway for CEOs is that, yes, culture—and persistence—matter.

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Why the Judges Chose Bob Iger as CEO of the Year

Back (L>R): Weinberger, Cote, Hassan Front (L>R): Glaser, Jacobs, Nardelli, RHR International’s Tom Saporito “He’s done a brilliant job developing and implementing a strategy in a complex and ego-filled industry [while] making it look effortless.” —Dave Cote Chairman and CEO Honeywell, and 2013 Chief Executive of the Year “Bob is a visionary and innovator who consistently delivers terrific performance across ...

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Why David Cote?

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With a strong list of finalists, members of the 2013 Chief Executive of the Year selection committee faced a difficult choice, but in the end they concluded that Honeywell’s David Cote merited the top honor.

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What Transformational Leaders Do

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David Cote, an unprepossessing leader, who came out of TRW and GE, overcame Honeywell’s dysfunctional culture while re-energizing it with a strategy of unifying ideas and technologies. Simple, but not so simple to do well.

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Why David Novak?

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Meeting at the NYSE in New York City, members of the 2012 CEO of the Year selection committee culled from a highly competitive field in selecting this year’s honoree. In the end, they identified Novak’s sustained performance and the high level of employee engagement, leadership development and strategic alignment of the company and its people as distinguishing elements. The company’s ...

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Full List of Previous CEO of the Year Award Winners

Chief Executive magazine's CEO of the Year award dates back more than 25 years and has honored some of the most recognizable names in business like Jack Welch, Bill Gates, A.G. Lafley and Michael Dell. Joining the list this year is Ford Motor Company's Alan Mulally. Read on for a full list of winners.

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