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6 Ways CEOs Can Be Prepared When Activist Investors Strike

At large publicly-held companies, one CEO after another is being battered or at least threatened by private-equity groups, celebrity corporate raiders and other activist shareholders that are holding company chiefs’ feet to the fire as never before. Here are 6 ways CEOs can prepare and protect themselves and their companies when activist stockholders begin sniffing around.

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Thorns and Roses: January/February 2015 Issue

THORN: Paranoia festers in an Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange has launched an attack on Google, saying the search giant has turned “big and bad,” and characterizing its executive chairman Eric Schmidt as a government agent trying to further U.S. “imperialist” ambitions. The Wikileaks founder, who is under Justice Department criminal investigation for leaking thousands of classified diplomatic cables, lashes out at the Internet giant in his upcoming book. Assange, who has spent the past two years claiming asylum to avoid facing rape accusations, also ...

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The Latest Board Announcements

The Container Store Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kip Tindell has been elected Chairman of the NRF Board of Directors and Chairman of its Executive Committee. Tindell succeeds NRF’s immediate past Chairman, Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and chief executive officer of Saks, Inc. (retired) National Retail Federation Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, has been appointed an independent director ...

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Leapfrog Succession: A New Trend in Appointing CEOs

Corporate boards of directors are increasingly reaching down below the second layer of management to name new chief executive officers. By accelerating the promotion of these executives, boards hope that the new CEOs’ ability to understand and act upon signals in today’s unpredictable environment will more than offset their relative inexperience.

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