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  • Corporate America: "Warming Up" To Climate Change? Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 2:58 PM ET

    We've mentioned today's report on global warming in an earlier post--so let's get right to one of the major questions: is corporate America taking global warming as a serious issue or not? Some are it seems as reported earlier this month when 10 companies and their CEOs joined activist groups in calling for caps on carbon emissions.

  • Robert Nardelli

    Former Home Depot CEO Robert Nardelli could have stayed as chief executive of the home-products giant if he had agreed to take a $20 million cut in his contract that entitled him to around $200 million, CNBC'S Charlie Gasparino has learned.

  • Michael Dell, Chairman & CEO, Dell

    Dell, who takes over as CEO for ousted Kevin Rollins, ends a four-year hiatus during which the company issued the largest consumer electronics recall ever, found itself the subject of a formal investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and lost its position as the world's largest PC maker to a rejuvenated Hewlett-Packard

  • Should Government Have Say In Exec Pay? Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 12:01 PM ET

    A controversial U.S. Senate bill on minimum wage is set to be voted on later today – it includes a provision that is designed to reign in executive pay by capping tax-deferred compensation at $1 million or a 5 year average of taxable salary, whichever is less.

  • Shakeup At The Top: Dell Pins Hopes On Founder Wednesday, 31 Jan 2007 | 10:36 PM ET
    Michael Dell, Chairman & CEO, Dell

    Dell  announced that Michael Dell will assume the duties of chief executive officer, replacing Kevin Rollins, who resigned.  Dell will remain chairman of the troubled computer maker.

  • Scent Of A Deal: Is There A Sanofi/Bristol Merger? Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 12:23 PM ET
    Sanofi Aventis

    Rumors about merger talks between pharmaceutical giants Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers have picked up speed after French financial newsletter La Lettre de I Expansion reported a deal was in the works. Thomas Burnett, director of research at Wall Street Access, was on “Morning Call” to give his take on the possible friendly takeover.

  • Exec Comp: Should Shareholders Hold Say? Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 3:06 PM ET

    The days of Enron and WorldCom-sized corporate malfeasance scandals may seem like they just ended, but another debate regarding corporate ethics is reaching critical mass in boardrooms across the country – the issue of executive compensation. Adding fuel to the fire were the recent lucrative severance packages for Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli ($210 million) and Pfizer  CEO Hank McKinnell...

  • Rethinking CEO Pay Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 4:17 PM ET

    What many see as outrageous or obscene compensation for chief executive officers is back in the limelight after some high profile pay packages lately. The WEF meeting is tackling the issue by asking basic questions: What’s an appropriate level for top managers? Who defines “appropriate” and how?  Should a CEO’s pay be linked to the company’s performance? The contrarian view is that there is little or no direct link between pay and performance and coupling the two might be detrimental because CEOs would cut corners to boost their pay, eroding the company’s long-term prospects. (More)

  • Competition Hurts Two Drug Companies Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 1:12 PM ET

    Generics hurt sales of Bristol-Myers Squibb's top-selling and most profitable drug Plavix, and Bristol-ImClone cancer drug Erbitux. Also: This afternoon, ICOS shareholders vote on the Eli Lilly buyout offer -- see the results ASAP on CNBC.com.

  • Dow Chemical Seeking Acquisitions, CEO Tells CNBC Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 11:11 AM ET

    Dow Chemical  is looking to make acquisitions, but the amount of private-equity money floating around has made lots of businesses in chemical sector expensive, the company's chief executive told CNBC.

  • Survey: CEO Outlook Brighter Worldwide Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 11:30 AM ET

    Chief executives worldwide expect growth in markets such as Brazil, China, India and Russia to keep increasing and are optimistic about higher revenues at their companies, but they are concerned about over-regulation and finding enough skilled workers.

  • Ghosn's Done Looking For A Dance Partner Monday, 22 Jan 2007 | 2:44 PM ET

    The news from Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn out of eastern Europe today -- that his company is no longer seeking a third auto company for an alliance -- should send a clear message: automakers are not yet ready to consolidate.

  • Citigroup CFO Krawcheck To Move to Global Wealth Unit Monday, 22 Jan 2007 | 12:51 PM ET

    Citigroup said Sallie Krawcheck, its chief financial officer, is being reassigned to become chairman and chief executive of its global wealth management division.

  • CEO Survey Shows "High" Anxiety Monday, 22 Jan 2007 | 12:30 PM ET

    It takes self-confidence to be the chief executive. Faith in the business environment is another matter. Edward Kopko, CEO of Chief Executive magazine, told "Morning Call" that the C-level executives his publication surveyed fear the U.S. economy may be faltering.

  • Should Citigroup "Chuck" CEO Prince? Friday, 19 Jan 2007 | 2:07 PM ET

    Citigroup posted record revenues of $89.6 billion in 2006 – and even beat analyst estimates by 3 cents per share – but profits at the country's largest bank are still down from a year ago. CEO Chuck Prince has been under pressure to boost the bank’s bottom line and while he has made progress – the stock is up significantly in the last two months...

  • What Oil Slide? NYMEX CEO "Excited" By Energy Futures Wednesday, 17 Jan 2007 | 11:31 AM ET
    NYMEX

    The New York Mercantile Exchange went public on Nov. 17. But NYMEX President and CEO James Newsome stayed private – until today, when he granted his first interview exclusively to "Morning Call." Newsome told CNBC’s Melissa Francis that NYMEX Holdings enjoys "numerous opportunities" to leverage its rich treasury...

  • LeBron James, Online Gambling & The Bleacher Seats Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 1:41 PM ET
    Lebron James

    Over the past couple days, there has been much ado about Creative Artists Agency buying Leon Rose, agent of LeBron James, among others. If CAA thinks LeBron is coming along for the ride, I’d be very surprised   ...   I never thought I’d write this, but over the past year, the U.S. government has really managed to cripple the online gambling business. First, BetOnSports.com goes, after its CEO David Carruthers was arrested at an airport. Last week, PinnacleSports.com, the site known for the biggest limits and the quickest payouts, voluntarily closed up shop in the U.S. And now  ...    The Dodgers are opening up some bleacher seats and charging $35 instead of the usual $10, but they’re making them all-you-can-eat. About 3,000 fans will have the opportunity to shove their faces with as many hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos and sodas as they want ...

  • BP Shares Jump After CEO Says He Will Retire Early Friday, 12 Jan 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Shares of BP surged more than 4% after the oil giant said Chief Executive John Browne had decided to step down at the end of July, much earlier than planned.

  • Where's The "Real" News On Apple? Friday, 12 Jan 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    Friday morning, and we're waking up once again to a flurry of headlines surrounding the ongoing Apple Inc. stock options backdating controversy--the scandal that just won't go away. Dueling stories over the last 48 hours from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, breathlessly reporting what appear to be new developments in the case. But pouring over the stories, I can't seem to find any news.

  • CNBC's Harwood: Wall Street's Political Bed Fellows Friday, 12 Jan 2007 | 10:11 AM ET

    The race for the White House is heating up.Today--Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut threw his hat in the ring (he announced on MSNBC's Don Imus Show). That follows formal announcements from former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, among others. Why so many and so early?