Tag Archives: CEO

A CEO entrance interview

Insider: Ravi Saligram
August 27th, 2014

  Who Ravi Saligram, chief executive officer and director of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. (TSX:RBA), the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, based in Burnaby, B.C., with operations in 25 countries and 44 auction sites worldwide, and 2013 revenue of $467 million. … Continue reading

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Advice on the side

Here’s a trend that should spread: the appointment of special advisers to CEOs and special advisory committees to boards. No legal commitments, plenty of available insight
By Paul Brent
June 19th, 2013

Neil Tait’s company-mandated retirement from the Bank of Montreal in the spring of 2001 lasted less than one day. Tait, BMO’s senior vice-president of Asian banking and architect of its expansion into China, had decades’ worth of experience and knowledge … Continue reading

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Put spontaneity in its place

There are good reasons for boards and senior executives to use Twitter and Facebook. With a few exceptions, investor relations still isn’t one of them
By Chaya Cooperberg
April 12th, 2013

It is fair to say that investor relations practitioners have been slower to embrace social media than their colleagues in other spheres of the communications profession. When the subject of social media comes up, IROs tend to start spouting cautionary … Continue reading

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Career maker—or career breaker?

Is the immediate celebration of CEOs who lead their companies to winning M&A bids premature? The data—not to mention a couple of recent, high-profile examples—say just that
By Robert Thompson
December 21st, 2012

Go for the high-impact takeover deal or play the slower, safer growth percentages? It’s a question chief executives wrestle with constantly. And, as we’ve seen elsewhere in this issue, a lot of them ultimately decide to take the M&A plunge. “CEOs … Continue reading

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Annette Verschuren: The compleat director

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Annette Verschuren, former president of Home Depot Canada and Asia, says today’s best directors are equally successful in the boardroom and in the community
June 17th, 2012

Annette Verschuren is a highly regarded CEO, chair and director who served as president of Home Depot Canada and Asia for 15 years through 2011. Her primary role today is chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage company. … Continue reading

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Robert L. Crandall: The board as wingman

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Robert L. Crandall, chair of Celestica Inc. and former CEO and chair of AMR Corp. and American Airlines, shares some strong thoughts on CEOs and boards working closer together
March 15th, 2012

Robert Crandall is best known globally for being the CEO and chair of AMR Corp. and American Airlines Inc. through much of the 1980s and ’90s. He played a central role in making American the leading innovator in the industry … Continue reading

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Hired today, gone tomorrow

Boards are spending more time than ever scrutinizing CEO compensation. Yet many fail to do the same when it comes to exit packages. Don’t be caught out: as with celebrity prenups, it pays to plan ahead
By Ken Hugessen
March 15th, 2012

Boards today spend a lot of time and energy on establishing appropriate compensation arrangements for the CEO—including base salary levels, incentive plan design, and performance measures and targets. Often though, not enough time is spent on provisions triggered on various … Continue reading

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Who owns the strategy?

Is it the CEO? Or the board? The answer, says board consultant and author Beverly Behan, is the CEO. But woe the chief who thinks the board’s a rubber stamp. A better approach: engage directors early, and often
By Beverly Behan
January 3rd, 2012

MANY BOARDS consider the oversight of corporate strategy their most important governance responsibility. For the past two years, “strategic planning and oversight” has ranked first—by a wide margin—in national surveys of U.S. public company directors about their top priorities. Despite … Continue reading

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Charles Sirois: The ownership imperative

In The Director’s Chair, with David W. Anderson: Charles Sirois, veteran telecom CEO and CIBC chair, talks accountability, short-term thinking and what’s needed most to restore the fortunes of Western capitalism
January 3rd, 2012

A fixture in the Canadian telecommunications industry, Charles Sirois has led a leading global carrier, two of Canada’s top wireless companies and financed many more through his private capital fund. Sirois is also a long-time director, chair on multiple boards … Continue reading

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The long hello

A CEO search that drags on for many months is rarely a good sign or situation. Yet sometimes the waiting is worth it
By Paul Brent
October 7th, 2011

What’s a sure sign that your CEO search has gone off the rails? Try a mention in the business press that your lengthy chief executive quest is starting to make investors nervous. That’s just the scenario that Shoppers Drug Mart … Continue reading

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On the road with the CEO

Does your IRO provide leadership on roadshows? And is the CEO prepared to be led? The ability to cross traditional boundaries holds the key to successful investor roadshows
By Michael Salter
October 7th, 2011

The CEO had just delivered a subpar presentation to an institutional investor, losing track of time—and much of the audience—in the minutia of biotechnology. After the meeting the investor relations officer (IRO) told him: “The next group we’re meeting doesn’t … Continue reading

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Purdy Crawford: Fifty years of fresh air

In The Director's Chair with David W. Anderson: The unifying theme of Purdy Crawford's career has been a dedication to progress, renewal and moving the ball forward
June 25th, 2011

Few have made a greater mark on Canada’s regulatory and business landscape than Purdy Crawford. From early in his career when he helped draft Ontario’s securities laws, to his recent role in unlocking the asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) imbroglio, Crawford … Continue reading

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Richard Haskayne: Getting to yes. Or no

In The Director's Chair with David W. Anderson: After 30 years of service, Richard Haskayne knows a thing or two about being a director, running a board and making good decisions
September 15th, 2010

The Director’s Chair, a special dialogue feature with noted Canadian directors by governance expert and leadership advisor David W. Anderson, will appear in every issue of Listed. For his first instalment, Anderson traveled to Calgary to interview Richard Haskayne, illustrious … Continue reading

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