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Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief …

Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive’s INfact. 

  1.  Percent of S&P 500 companies in 2007 that had active CEOs on the board of directors | 33

  2. Percent in 2000 | 53

  3. Percent of boards that had a non-executive chair (with separate CEO and chair roles) in 2007 | 35

  4. Percent in 2002 | 25

  5. Percent of those non-executive chairs that are totally independent (e.g., not former CEOs of the company) | 13

  6. Number of companies this proxy season that adopted “clawback” provisions allowing recovery of executive pay based on incorrect financial statements | 295

  7. Number of such clawback provisions in 2004 | 14

  8. Percent of all venture capital that goes to fund startups in sectors other than computer hardware and software, semiconductors, communications, and biotechnology | 19 percent

  9. Impact on May 2008 annual same-store-sales-gain that Wal-Mart attributed to customers cashing and spending IRS stimulus refund checks | 3.9 percent

  10. Minimum multiple of salary-to-rent required by New York City landlords of tenants before they can rent a desirable apartment | 40

  11. The average price-to-earnings ratio of S&P 500 companies when core inflation hovers between 2 and 3 percent, based on the trailing 12 month earnings | 19.7

  12. The average P&E ratio when the core inflation is between 4 and 5 percent | 14.8

  13. Percent of companies with 20,000 or more employees that employs staff to monitor outbound email | 40 percent

  14. Percent of managers who have terminated a subordinate for swearing or being foul-mouthed at work | 6 percent

  15. Growth in traffic volume on U.S. roads since 1987 | 35 percent

  16. Increase in the nation’s road network | 1 percent

  17. Estimated injuries and deaths, respectively, attributed to road rage in 2008 | 25,000 and 370

  18. Increased likelihood that cars adorned with bumper stickers, decals, personalized license plates, and other “markings” engage in road rage | 16 percent

  19. Average national savings rate among G7 nations | 23.7 percent

  20. Savings rate in the U.S. | 13.6 percent

  21. Median pay package for S&P 500 CEOs in 2007 | $8.4 million

  22. Median change from 2006 | +$280,000

  23. Percent of Americans who identify themselves as “upper” class | 2 percent

  24. Number of years after the 1988 authorization of satellite radio-a key provision of which specified that the satellite services would “never” merge-that XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio sought a waiver to do just that | 19 

  25. Region of the U.S. with the most “conscientious” and “agreeable” people | Sunbelt

  26. Number of Starbucks outlets in Italy | 0

  27. Tequila sales in the U.S. in 2007, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2006 | $1.6 billion

  28. Rank of the U.S. in worldwide tequila consumption | 1

  29. Number of Chinese who climbed out of poverty between 1990 and 2004 | 400 million

  30. Year when China will have more PhD scientists and engineers than the US | 2010

  31. Percentage of workers in the financial services industry who say they are “behind schedule” for achieving their retirement financial goals | 54 percent

  32. Percentage of workers across all industries who say so | 47 percent

  33. The only car brand GM sells everywhere it does business | Chevrolet

  34. Year that General Motors, the No. 1 carmaker for most of its existence, turns 100 years old | 2008

  35. Year that GM was demoted to No. 2 carmaker in the world by Toyota | 2008

  36. Number of preorders, with $250,000 down payment each, for AERION Corp new supersonic business jet flying Mach 1.6 | 40

  37. Monthly amount Williams-Sonoma pays chairman and CEO Howard Lester to lease his private Bombardier Global Express 5000 jet for the next three years | $375,000

  38. Average hourly wage for rank and file workers in U.S. as of May 2008 | $17.94

  39. Total cost of owning and operating a car in 2007, expressed as a percentage of the cost of gasoline | 19.8 percent

  40. In 1997 | 33.4 percent

  41. Number of “friends” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has on his Facebook profile | 3,715


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