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Study: Voters facing economic uncertainty prefer a dominant leader

Since the election, analysis after analysis has examined how an inexperienced politician whose divisive rhetoric and autocratic tendencies that flouted democratic norms could become president of the United States. Was it racism? The rise of populism? A preference for an authoritarian leadership style? Economic unease? A new study in the journal Proceedings of the National […]

The EpiPen maker’s chairman earned more than $97 million last year — and investors aren’t happy

Last year, the drug maker Mylan faced the wrath of lawmakers and the public for the high prices on its EpiPen, a controversy that has spilled into 2017 as a government analysis raised new questions about how much taxpayers may have overpaid for the emergency allergy treatment. This year, it's come under fire from shareholders, several of whom launched a campaign to […]

The women who could run Uber — if they actually wanted the job

In the past few months, as Uber sputtered and veered off the road in a scandal-ridden pileup, the fast-moving ride-hailing firm has hired or featured one woman after another as it tries to keep from totaling its image. Liane Hornsey, Uber's human resources executive who started in January after coming from Google, was front and center as the […]

Travis Kalanick may have resigned as Uber’s CEO — but he isn’t going away

With his resignation Tuesday from the chief executive officer job at Uber, Travis Kalanick joins the pantheon of company founders who've made the difficult move beyond life as their company's CEO, even if temporarily. Some did it by choice: Howard Schultz, Ralph Lauren. Plenty of others didn't: American Apparel's Dov Charney. Men's Wearhouse's George Zimmer. And […]

Five telling things the Whole Foods CEO said about the Amazon deal in an employee town hall

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey doesn't shy away from an extended metaphor. He called the deal announced June 16 for online behemoth Amazon to buy his grocery chain a “whirlwind courtship,” saying the two companies met on a “blind date" a little over six weeks ago and now are “officially engaged." The grocery founder, whose planned $13.7 billion combination […]

The number of new female board members actually dropped last year

The push to get more women onto corporate boards of directors is getting a lot of attention lately: Investors have been urging companies to make it a priority, Uber came under fire after a director cracked a joke about more women in the boardroom, and a Wall Street statue of a little girl aimed at publicizing the lack of […]

Are fathers ‘secondary’ caregivers? A JPMorgan employee claims its policy is biased

  When Derek Rotondo's wife was about to have her second baby, he knew he wanted to be more involved than he was when their older child, now two years old, was an infant. So he called up his employer, JP Morgan Chase, and asked to receive "primary caregiver" status, which would allow him to take 16 weeks […]

Yet another crisis for Uber: Six vacant executive jobs, and no active CEO

Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick's decision to take a leave of absence from the ride-hailing firm after the death of his mother in a tragic boating accident and amid a vast overhaul of the company's hard-driving culture is, to say the least, unusual. Management experts have been hard-pressed to think of any companies of Uber's size whose CEOs […]

Why a Cabinet of kiss-ups is a big problem for Trump

Trump's first full Cabinet meeting Monday included a gusher of effusive praise, a virtual round-robin of complimentary remarks that set social media ablaze and drew mockery from Democratic corners. One by one, starting with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members around the table weighed in, with most offering effusive praise of the president or gratitude for the […]

Meet John Flannery, GE’s next CEO

The person who holds the top job at General Electric has long held one of the most preeminent positions in all of American business -- whether they were statesmen-like figures for Corporate America, management icons or advisers to presidents. But the CEO who will replace 16-year veteran Jeffrey R. Show More Summary

GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt to step down after 16 years

General Electric said Monday that its longtime CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt, would retire at the end of this year, closing out a 16-year run at the helm of the industrial giant, which included a vast overhaul of the conglomerate's portfolio but also an underperforming stock price that has trailed well below market indices and competitors. Show More Summary

More than 40 percent of companies now offer a ‘summer Friday’ perk

Leaving early on a Friday afternoon in June? There's a growing chance your boss has endorsed it. The percentage of companies that offer some kind of "summer Friday" arrangement -- in which companies officially permit workers, almost entirely office ones, to leave early on Friday afternoons in the summer -- is on the rise. According to a […]

‘Now it’s on our watch’: A chat with the new Uber executive who believes the company can change

Back in March, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said "I need leadership help," issuing a call for assistance amid a crisis that included a viral video of him berating a driver and explosive accusations of a sexist workplace culture. The comment invited plenty of questions about what that could mean: A veteran tech executive to serve as the resident grown-up? A female […]

The number of women CEOs in the Fortune 500 is at an all-time high — of 32

The percentage of women running companies in the Fortune 500 is still solidly in the single digits, but the proportion is slowly growing, and just reached an all-time high. On Wednesday, Fortune Magazine released its 2017 Fortune 500 list, which ranks major U.S. Show More Summary

Trump goes where most Fortune 500 CEOs won’t: Twitter

  The nation's chief executive may be irrepressible on Twitter, using it to declare the Russia investigation a "witch hunt," sound off about "fake news" or negative press "covfefe," and bash London's mayor for his response to the city's terror attack. Show More Summary

This USDA administrator’s leadership style?: ‘Good or bad, I’m authentic’

Chavonda Jacobs-Young has been the administrator of USDA's Agricultural Research Service since 2014. She manages a $1.2 billion budget and 8,000 employees at 90 locations who work on issues of nutrition and food safety, animal production and protection, sustainable agricultural and crop production and protection. Show More Summary

A most Trumpian response to London’s terror attack

The messages coming from President Trump's Twitter account and the one by the acting U.S. ambassador to Britain since the terror attack in London could not have been more different. The president, tweeting early Sunday morning afterShow More Summary

Trump ran as an ally to business — but snubbed America’s CEOs by pulling out of the Paris accord

President Trump campaigned as the real estate executive who was going to bring a businessman's sensibilities to Washington. During the transition, he rolled out the welcome mat at Trump Tower, inviting a parade of CEOs from every industry imaginable. Show More Summary

CEOs make final pleas to Trump to stay in Paris climate agreement

President Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether the United States will remain part of the Paris climate agreement on Thursday afternoon, and many outlets have reported he is leaning toward an exit from the pact. But as the clock ticked this week toward the expected 3 p.m. announcement in the Rose Garden, several CEOs […]

Can your off-hours political activism get you in trouble at work?

In recent weeks, the story of a New Jersey lawyer whose off-hours political activism was brought to the attention of her employer went viral because of the unusual way it happened: A congressman's letter flagged her as a "ringleader" of a group in New Jersey aimed at making him more accountable and accessible to his constituents. In a fundraising […]

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