Are You Losing Your Best Candidates To The Black Hole?
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by Tara J. Rethore
15h ago
Good news: Chief Executive reports growing optimism among the (largely US-based) middle market CEOs they surveyed. Their confidence comes despite persistent geopolitical issues, inflation, and partisanship that’s impeding much-needed policy. AP News concurs, citing analyses by multiple professional forecasters: they expect the economy to beat earlier growth estimates. The stats also indicate a robust job market. The economy added more jobs than expected in recent months. Even if the pace of job growth slows in 2024, Morningstar and others expect it to remain healthy, returning to pre-pandemic ..read more
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PE Playbook: Building For The Right Exit
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by Dale Buss
1d ago
High interest rates, an iffy economy, the uncertainties of a presidential-election year and geopolitical turmoil have frozen private-equity buyers and sellers lately as they keep their dry powder dry, waiting for a better exit and investment climate. But with thousands of CEOs operating U.S. companies for PE sponsors these days, the industry can’t stand still. So chiefs of portfolio companies continue trying to maximize returns despite the obstacles, while PE firms keep inching closer to unleashing some of the massive capital they are waiting to invest in promising propositions. “There’s still ..read more
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Trial By Fire: The New Rules Of Resilience
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by C.J. Prince
1d ago
There has been no shortage recently of events testing the resilience of America’s CEOs. Covid upended business models overnight, while natural disasters ranging from wildfires to hurricanes disrupted supply chains and displaced workforces. Financial upheaval and soaring inflation squeezed budgets and forced organizations to make hard choices about investments and cost-cutting. Meanwhile, technology disasters such as data breaches and system outages have threatened the integrity and continuity of operations. And then there are the everyday storms that each company, and every leader, must weathe ..read more
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Messaging Apps And Government Scrutiny: What CEOs Should Know
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by Stephanie Yonekura, Matthew Sullivan and Rachel Stuckey
1d ago
Given the explosion in third-party messaging apps and their use for business purposes, it is unsurprising that companies’ data preservation practices are coming under increased scrutiny. Despite their convenience, privacy and security benefits, third-party apps pose particular compliance risks for companies and their employees, particularly where communications occur through encrypted or “ephemeral” messaging apps that delete messages after sending—where, by design or by user setting, messages will not be retained. Enforcement risks are most acute where such apps are suspected to have been use ..read more
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Sisters Solve Manufacturing Challenge—And Create New Markets
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by Dale Buss
2d ago
Sometimes a product play can become a manufacturing play, and Whipnotic may become a strong exhibit of this phenomenon. The startup company in New York City is only three years old and hasn’t even entered a Series A round of funding yet, but it has pushed its way into mid-market territory already. And cofounder and president Tracy Luckow is envisioning ways to leverage Whipnotic’s patented product design and manufacturing technique to diversify far from the flavored whipped cream that started the company. It helps that Luckow is engineer-ish: She’s a former food scientist and product developer ..read more
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Power Failure: The Biggest Business Challenge No One Is Talking About
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by Dale Buss
4d ago
Adding to his concerns about the global agricultural economy, steel availability, labor rates and climate change, now Titan International CEO Paul Reitz has something new to worry about: electricity. “We’ve had more grid issues in the last 12 months than in the 10 years before that,” says the CEO of the $2 billion manufacturer of heavy-duty wheels and tires based in West Chicago, Illinois. “We’re talking about in the American Midwest, where five years ago, you wouldn’t have anticipated that—maybe in Brazil, China, Turkey and other places we’ve expanded. But those countries haven’t had these is ..read more
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Space Coast: America’s Launchpad For Aerospace And Defense Innovation
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by C.J. Prince
4d ago
For decades, Florida’s space coast has been synonymous with the awe-inspiring spectacle of lunar missions and the relentless pursuit of space exploration. But while NASA’s shuttles once defined its horizon, in recent years, the region has rapidly transitioned into a flourishing hub for aerospace and defense innovation, attracting not only legacy giants but also trailblazing commercial titans like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin. That influx is proof that “this is the place for space,” says Thomas Eye, vice president of the department of defense market for space and defense serv ..read more
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Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo: ‘Become A Steward Of Your Own PR Campaign’
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by Don Yaeger
4d ago
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo’s ascent from an entry-level sales position to leading a multi-billion-dollar global company is a testament to her relentless drive and determination. In the years leading up to the pandemic, Lutoff-Perlo led Celebrity Cruises to historical financial performance. Her cruise line then led the industry back into service in June 2021, when Celebrity Edge was the first ship to sail from a U.S. port. The first woman to become president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, her success didn’t come easily, requiring an incredible desire to overcome adversity and challenge the status quo of ..read more
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Resilience Is Learned—Here’s How To Teach It
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by Eric Potterat and Alan Eagle
4d ago
Think of a top performer, someone you deeply admire and respect. Most people will name athletes or entertainers, others might mention business, political or social leaders. Do you have someone in mind? Good. Now, unlikely as it may seem, at some point in their career—likely at many points—your star failed. They missed a shot, received a bad review or got dumped. When this happened, they probably had a reaction just like any other human would. They got down on themselves, blamed someone or something else, and felt like crawling into bed and pulling the sheets over their heads. But they didn’t ..read more
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Seizing Opportunities: Insights For U.S. CEOs Navigating The 2024 M&A Landscape
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by Ayşe Yüksel Mahfoud and Eric Ramirez
1w ago
As we embark on a new year, U.S. chief executives find themselves navigating a landscape of opportunities for M&A. Despite lingering geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainties, the stage is set for a resurgence in deal-making activities, fueled by a convergence of favorable factors and strategic imperatives. U.S. chief executives can benefit from understanding the nuances of this landscape to better anticipate future trends. This article will shed light on the current state of M&A activity in the United States and highlight some insights for the year to come. Norton Rose Fulbrigh ..read more
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