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  • Dollars and Stents Friday, 22 Dec 2006 | 11:17 AM ET

    After the market close yesterday Pfizer, in an SEC filing, revealed that ousted Chairman and CEO Hank McKinnell will walk away with nearly $200 million in pension benefits, deferred compensation and other cash and stock including more than $300,000 in unused vacation time.  This is well above the pension benefits that had been reported earlier this year and includes money that had not previously been disclosed.  A Pfizer spokesman says the company is honoring its legal obligation to meet the terms of McKinnell's employment contract which was signed in 2001--"a different time in the company's history," he said.

  • Pfizer's McKinnell - The $200 Million Dollar Man Friday, 22 Dec 2006 | 10:44 AM ET

    Talk about holiday cheer! Former Pfizer CEO Hank McKinnell is walking away from the drugmaker $200 million richer. This despite investor anger about his rich retirement benefits. CNBC'S Mike Huckman has the lowdown on McKinnell's millions.

  • Plum TV and Elfing Yourself Thursday, 21 Dec 2006 | 4:55 PM ET

    So there's vanity publishing, and now there's vanity TV investing -- big, powerful execs paying to expand a series of TV networks that targets people JUST LIKE THEM. Also, if people can TiVo through commercials and are too smart to click on Internet ads, the best way to spread your brand is to give people what they want...

  • "I'm Chairman Now, Too!" Wednesday, 20 Dec 2006 | 12:38 PM ET

    Two days after Pfizer named new CEO Jeff Kindler Chairman of the Board, Merck has promoted its CEO Dick Clark to Chairman as well. Clark has been on the job a year longer than Kindler and Merck's stock has performed about three times better than Pfizer shares this year. Former Pfizer CEO Hank McKinnell was expected to remain Chairman through next February, when he will leave the Board altogether, but the directors decided to give Kindler an early Christmas present.

  • The New "Jerry" Levin Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 2:49 PM ET

    I had the unusual opportunity of sitting down with a media icon from what seems like another era. Someone I've always wanted to interview, someone I used to read about and cover from afar. So when the opportunity came up to sit down with Gerald Levin, now "Jerry," I jumped at the chance.

  • CEO Survey: Confident About U.S. in 2007 Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 11:07 AM ET

    CEO's are optimistic about the new year--according to the Chief Executive Magazine's CEO confidence index (this is a yearly survey of American CEOs). The magazine's own CEO--Ed Kopko--appeared on "Morning Call" with the details. The CEOs are positive about the U.S. economy in 2007--according to Kopko. He says they feel good that interest rates are low and that company profits are "rolling in" in high numbers.

  • FAO Schwarz CEO: Quality Is Our Future Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 5:04 PM ET

    FAO Schwarz is celebrating a successful turnaround and it’s welcome news for this once beleaguered retailer. So how does a niche toy seller run “neck in neck” with giants such as Geoffrey The Giraffe? CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo found out from FAO Schwarz CEO Ed Schmults.

  • Pfizer Follow-Up Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 4:48 PM ET

    Minutes after I wrote the last blog entry came the news that Pfizer is indeed raising its dividend -- 21% or a nickel in the first quarter of next year. The news is not a huge surprise -- the move had been widely speculated upon after Pfizer shares plunged on the loss of torcetrapib a couple of weeks ago.

  • Leading Indicators Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 2:17 PM ET
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    Last week the Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, was asked if the residential real estate market had bottomed.  He refused to answer the question.  But as we approach the New Year, that is arguably the biggest question in real estate.  The spring season is right around the corner, traditionally the busiest for buying and selling, and many believe it will tell the true story of the state of the market.

  • The Lightning Rod Who Shocked Detroit Leaving Job Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 12:02 PM ET

    Steve Miller, the CEO of bankrupt parts maker Delphi is stepping down as chief executive and leaving a position he used to force huge changes on the auto industry. Here in Detroit, there will no doubt be plenty of rank and file workers cheering Miller's departure. After all, he is the man who said point blank, "many of you will lose your jobs, and others will likely have their pay cut". Tough medicine no doubt.

  • Ford Shake-Up ... Will It Help? Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 11:49 AM ET

    The Mulally "re-mix" is starting to play out at Ford , and the new CEO isn't waiting long to send a message.  The question is how much this management shake up will go in reviving ford. Long-time Ford employee Derrick Kuzak has been put in charge of global vehicle development after previously serving as Ford's VP of product development. The new job means Kuzak is the man...

  • GE's Immelt Forecasts Profit Growth And More Wednesday, 13 Dec 2006 | 8:43 AM ET

    General Electric is affirming its earnings estimate for this year, and forecasting profit growth of 10-13% in 2007.  The parent company of this network also boosting its quarterly dividend by 12%. This morning--GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt spoke with The Squawk Box team – explaining how he'll deliver a "high-visibility, low-risk" year.

  • HP: World's Largest PC Maker Tuesday, 12 Dec 2006 | 11:09 AM ET
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    "2006 was an important year. We're a company that's transforming, not transformed.  We still have a lot of work left to be done." That's the upshot from HP CEO Mark Hurd addressing a couple of hundred Wall Street analysts and assembled media at the Sheraton New York this morning.

  • They Just Did It Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 2:27 PM ET
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    I’ve been to some parties. I’ve been to the Playboy, Maxim and Penthouse Super Bowl parties and I’ve judged the Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest. That being said, it’s hard to convince me to go to some of these things. I’ve had every type of mini eggroll and pig in a blanket. But there was no chance I wasn’t going to Sunday night’s Nike party in New York City for the 25th anniversary of the Air Force 1 -- a shoe that since 1982 has been one of Nike’s best selling iterations.

  • 7 For '07: Phil LeBeau, Autos Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 10:52 AM ET
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    Our auto-industry reporter predicts China may enter the American market, Ford may seek a merger -- and Toyota will keep racking up sales.

  • GMAC is beginning a new era as an independent financial services company--after 87 years as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors. On Thursday--GM sold its 51% stake in its most profitable GM unit to an investment consortium led by Cerberus Capital in a move that dramatically improved GMAC's credit profile and capital position.

  • Study: CEO Departures Hit Record in 2006 Saturday, 2 Dec 2006 | 1:24 PM ET

    A record number of U.S. corporate bosses have left their jobs this year, in part reflecting the widening stock options backdating scandal, according to data released today.