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1. | Apr 21, 2014
.View Full ImageCEOREDUXScott Lewis for The Wall Street JournalAnne Stevens is among a growing nubemr of job-hunting former CEOs.CEOREDUXCEOREDUXNo one knows how many out-of-work CEOs are looking for corner office suites, but recruiters say their nubemrs are growing. Fewer big businesses are switching bosses these days and mergers and bankruptcies have further reduced their job prospects. Only 48 companies in the S&P 500 index changed leaders last year, the lowest level since recruiters Spencer Stuart began tracking it in 2004.Replacement of big-business CEOs picked up in the second quarter, according to Spencer Stuart. But it will take more than a slight gain to find good homes for every unemployed chief. Just two of 13 major corporations switching leaders in the latest quarter chose an outsider.Some boards are loath to change chiefs during economic turbulence, and the choppy recovery so far hasn't sufficiently heartened boards, recruiters say.Big-company mergers have eliminated dozens of senior management jobs, too. Jonathan Schwartz, the former chief at Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle Corp., and Todd Stitzer at Cadbury, now owned by Kraft Foods Inc. are among those hoping to be CEOs elsewhere. Mr. Stitzer says he has flirted with several mid-sized U.S. concerns about taking their helm. We have a much higher flow of former CEOs than we have seen in many years looking for a position again at the CEO level, says James G. Aslaksen, a senior client partner for recruiters Korn/Ferry International. He finds these job hunts can now last 18 months, up from no more than a year in 2005. Among major corporations, however, the [CEO] opportunity pool is fairly small, adds Dennis Carey, also of Korn/Ferry.Smaller companies have started to look for new CEOs again, recruiters report. But many former corporate chiefs want another big-company post.Carlos Gutierrez, a former Kellogg Co. CEO who resigned as U.S. Commerce secretary early last year, desires to run a public company with at least $14 billion in annual revenue. He says he's spurned feelers about running concerns that he felt were too small, headquartered abroad or privately owned.Chiefs with controversies on their resumes face high hurdles. Mike Zafirovski left Nortel Networks Corp. last August amid a dismantling of the fallen technology giant following a bankruptcy-court filing. He prefers to lead another large business and has prepared a detailed, two-page chart of his career financial-feats, according to someone familiar with the matter.Mr. Zafirovski spent more than three years trying to turn Nortel around, but critics say he didn't move fast enough. Its bankruptcy hurts his job hunt, according to recruiters.Ms. Stevens, now 61, was a first-time CEO when Carpenter, a developer and maker of specialty alloys, hired her in November 2006. The nursing-school dropout had received her engineering degree at age 30. She spent a decade working for Exxon Corp., then joined Ford as a business planner in 1990.She eventually advanced to chief operating officer for the Americas, overseeing more than $75 billion in annual revenue. That made Ms. Stevens the highest ranked woman in the U.S. automotive industry.She managed the Detroit auto maker's tricky vehicle recalls and plant shutdowns following the turmoil after September 11, 2001. Bill Ford Jr., Ford's executive chairman and previous CEO, says Ms. Stevens played a key role in crafting a North American turnaround plan.Ms. Stevens even aspired to run Ford. Once she turned 57, however, age was running against me, she recalls. To go for my dream, I had to leave. So eager was she to be a CEO that she took the first helm offered—at Carpenter. Its headquarters in her hometown of Reading, Pa., made the job even more appealing. As a result, she says, she didn't probe deep enough into its boardroom personalities, customers, products and operations. I didn't realize how much [Carpenter] lacked structure and systems, Ms. Stevens says. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never taken the job. Carpenter achieved record results during her first two years, as Ms. Stevens sold assets, enlarged melting facilities and shook up senior management. But profits and sales slipped in the fiscal year ended June 2009.Ms. Stevens says she found it difficult to build a close relationship with fellow directors. The stressful situation often woke her up at night. Board members opposed her strategy to expand the company during the downturn, she remembers. In summer 2009, the board stripped her of the chairman's title. She soon quit.Splitting the top roles was an emerging practice, says Gregory Pratt, an outside director who now is chairman. Board members appreciate the improvements she made in Carpenter's business and she was an excellent CEO, Mr. Pratt adds. He says Ms. Stevens never told him she had significant concerns about board communications.As she seeks work in the U.S. or abroad, Ms. Stevens is getting assistance from Mr. Aslaksen and his colleagues. Boards needing a new chief often value a battle-tested executive like Ms. Stevens, suggests Mr. Carey, a Korn/Ferry vice chairman.Ms. Stevens has also approached private-equity firms about leading a small portfolio company.Despite her search, Ms. Stevens has yet to score any face-to-face interviews. It is going to be a challenge for Ms. Stevens to find another CEO post because the huge supply of potential chiefs enables boards to overlook anyone who has any taint of controversy, says Judith von Seldeneck, head of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson.The unemployed chief executive keeps busy serving on the Lockheed Martin board, caring for a sick friend – and knitting afghans.Yet Ms. Stevens was so sure her next corner office would require relocation that she put her French country-style home up for sale in November. I don't need a house that big, she observes. I used the house a lot for entertaining while I was CEO.
2. | Jan 20, 2014
I had seen the first one, but not the second.That is great.NO ON 8. Questions? Good, now go make sure NO on 8 peploe. Donations are the great one size fits all gift here.Tiny or large - it matters now, just give what you can and if you can't give post.OK, off my soapbox.
3. | Jan 19, 2014
"the campaign to suceced Michael Howard as leader of the UK Conservative party -- which resembles the Catholic church in so many ways.""So many ways"?Do tell! And if only Michael Howard resembled JPII in any way whatsoever.***As a NoVa man myself, the "critical" issue of taxes in Northern Virginia is just that's it's critical that we don't endlessly have more of them. If Northern Virginia people want lots more projects for themselves, they should pay for them themselves and not make the poor folks of Roanake and South Hill pay for them.
4. | Dec 5, 2013
Legal Action threatened aginsat anyone that signs the Copenhagen Treaty. Hopefully, we get to hang Al Gore.David Lee; Buess (Private Attorney General) (Beneficiary)2. 22014 Delaware Township Road 1843. Arlington, Ohio; [45814]4.5. Phone (419) 694 57966.7. October 26, 20098. United Nations General AssemblyDocumentation Programming and Monitoring UnitMr. Xiong Lixian, ChiefNew York City, New York9. Dear Sir:(LAWFUL NOTICE OF TREASON)10. This is to advise that neither the Congress of these union States (50) nor the11. Ambassador to the United Nations have been given the authority by the People of12. these United States (50) to engage in a one world government/New World Order nor13. the destruction of Our Constitution by either legislative act or TREATY.14. This letter is to advise the United Nations General Assembly and all offices and15. Agencies to (Cease and Desist) any such activities relating to the UNITED STATES16. OF AMERICA: UNITED STATES dba Corporation: Et Al., as to these unlawful acts17. Against us the American Citizen and our union States (50) Constitution.18. All such actions violate both the Constitution of the union States (50) and the19. Constitution of the District of Columbia. You are hereby put on notice that any20. further actions by the United Nations in this regard will be considered an act of21. Home Grown Terrorism, Honest Service Fraud: Aiding and Abetting in Treasonous Acts22. Against the American Citizen: Our Constitution: and Law.23. This letter is to advise you that charges of TREASON have now been filed into the24. Superior Court of the District of Columbia Case No. 2009 CA 007868 B filed on25. October 22, 2009. Two witnesses having first hand knowledge of Treason have filed26. Into this court. The three branches of our Government(s) are all being charged under27. both color of law and Constitutional.28. There are 3 types of remedy suggested to the Court: A military take over to29. reestablish law and order is highly recommended by the plaintiff(s). This would30. Call for the arrests of all elected officials both federal and state for criminal acts31. By the Corporate fictions created by the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches32. Of our Government. Our Employees are out of control.33. 16th American Jurisprudence, Section 177 states any law written in violation of this34. Constitution is as though it were never written. Thus any treaties: agreements: written35. Are null and void immediately. Congress is trying to join this new world order to36. avoid criminal charges aginsat them.37. I, on behalf of all the American Citizens, et al, do herein demand the United Nations38. to (Cease and Desist) any and all activities involving this new world order and one39. World government that involves the union States (50): Federal Zone: immediately.40. Sincerely yours,41.41(a). David Lee; Buess (Private Attorney General)42. CC: Superior Court of the District of Columbia Case No. 2009 CA 007868 B43. Joint Chief’s of Staff44. Homeland Securtiy FAX 1 312 353 014345. Congress of the United States:46. Senator Voinovich: 1 202 228 1382OHIO OFFICE 1 614 469 7733Senator Sherrod Brown: 1 202 228 6321Representative Jim Jordan Ohio Office 419 423 3233
5. | Dec 1, 2013
they will take part in a debate on WBGO Jazz 88 on Thursday, October 22 at 8pm. But Republican gnioruaterbal nominee Christopher Christie is waiting to see how Corzine responds to debate invitations from League of Women Voters debate for October 16, which would have been broadcast by the New York and Philadelphia ABC affiliate, and from NJ 101.5. Jon Corzine is afraid to debate on a major network affiliate with a large audience but agrees to a debate on a station whose board is stacked with Democrat party loyalists, said Christie strategist Michael DuHaime. He should be willing to go on network if for no other reason than to apologize to as many New Jerseyans as possible for raising income, business and property taxes, taking way property tax rebates and property tax deductions and doubling the unemployment rate. On Election Day, he won't be able to hide behind his money anymore. After Corzine initially refused to participate in New Jersey Network's October 1 debate that was sanctioned by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), NJN tried to move it back to October 22, since Corzine indicated he would take part then. That led to ELEC's four commissioners deadlocked along partisan lines, and to Corzine acquiescing to the original date. Christie Campaign Manager Bill Stepien then issued a statement inviting Corzine to debate on the later date, since it appears his schedule is also open for a debate on Oct. 22. While we have agreed to the debate, Christie has not, even after he challenged the governor to debate on that very same date-, said Corzine spokeswoman Elizabeth Smith.WBGO News Director Doug Doyle said that the October 22 date is not final, and that the station is attempting to find a way to accommodate all three candidates. There's nothing official on that on any side, because it's still in the preliminary talks, he said.The Newark-based station reaches the northern half of New Jersey, all five boroughs of New York City and parts of New York State. Doyle said that he will look into partnering up with other public radio stations if he can confirm a date with all three candidates.
6. | Jun 11, 2013
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8. | Jun 8, 2013
"...because according to my Blogger Dashboard, the same mneardtiog/captcha requirements should be in place on all my blogs."I just commented at SBP and while I had to log into my Google account and received the Your comment will be visible after approval. message, I didn't have to translate weird code-words.Ooohhmm. Sending out SPAM-blocking karma.Ooohhmm.