Russ Banham

Russ Banham ( is a contributing writer to Chief Executive

M&A Special Report: The Deal Dilemma

Pressure is building to snag value while the getting is good. But mergers and acquisitions are always tricky—and CEOs and boards have a whole host of new issues to consider.

Future Numbers: Getting Beyond Traditional Metrics

To see around corners, CEOs are getting creative with KPIs—and looking beyond the usual measures of success.

Is Your CFO The Right CFO?

The case for making this your most productive, trusted relationship in a hyper-competitive, sped-up era.

Just Another Day For Longtime Costco CFO

Richard Galanti shares how the big-box giant has fared in the pandemic and the decisions made both before and during that helped it thrive in a crisis.

Ulta Beauty CFO: “The Great Recession Was A Walk In The...

Like other large retailers, Ulta Beauty was hit hard by the pandemic, but unlike those that have fallen, the cosmetics company has survived through months of chaos. CFO Scott Settersten explains how.

How One Retailer Survived A Retail Armageddon

In this first of a two-part series, Ulta Beauty CFO Scott Settersten explains how the company avoided disaster by making some tough—and quick—decisions from the virtual war room.

Update Your People OS

New software and new employee expectations unleash new ways of working.

The Shape Of Recovery: V, U, W or L?

Six top economists make their best cases for the shape of things to come.

A Radical Testing Solution to Reopen the Economy—Now

‘We have the potential to end this thing in two weeks and get everyone out of their homes and back at work,’ says Laurence Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University. Here’s his plan.

The Cure For Healthcare Costs

By redesigning their companies’ traditional health plans to become self-funded, three CEOs were able to pursue cost-containment strategies that eluded their control in the past.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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CEO Optimism Falls To 12-Month Low In October

Chief Executive’s latest reading of CEO sentiment shows growing number of CEOs disillusioned with short-term economic recovery, as list of issues disrupting business continues to grow.