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.
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'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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.