Darts and Roses
August 1 2003 by Chief Executive
- LARRY ELLISON of Oracle. It looks like your takeover bid of PeopleSoft isn’t going to work, oh hirsute one. Another case of shooting off at the mouth? Why don’t you concentrate on actually competing? Your lunch seems to be getting eaten. SAP, anyone?
- PHIL CONDIT at Boeing. Have you given up the battle against Airbus? First, you decamped from Seattle. Now, you’re moving deeper into the U.S. government’s embrace with a controversial $20 billion leasing deal with the Air Force. Is something rotten in Boeing-land?
- JEFF IMMELT of GE. We hear through the grapevine you’re thinking about selling poorly performing GE Plastics. Do you dare sell the part of the House That Jack Built? We say, do what you’ve got to do to create your own GE. Your predecessor certainly would have.
- TOM ENGIBOUS of Texas Instruments. By announcing plans for a $3 billion semiconductor plant in Texas, Engibous may be leading the way out of capital spending’s nuclear winter. Way to go, pardner. Where’s the rest of the posse?