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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 ...
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.
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.
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?
Home Depot shareholders' attempt to block the company's former chief executive from collecting any more of his $210 million severance package has raised the broader issue of what role shareholders should play in setting executive compensation
Aviva, Britain's largest insurer, said Wednesday Richard Harvey will step down as chief executive in July.
Home Depot said Monday its board will require that two-thirds of its independent directors approve any compensation granted to the company's chief executive.
In a few days, a slew of new models will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Some will blow us away. Some will make us yawn and say, "are you kidding me?" But one in particular will take your breath away. It's the new Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe. Stunning. Impressive. Yowza. I'd use those adjectives to describe the Drophead convertible I rode in and examined while visiting the Rolls Royce Motors headquarters in Goodwood, England.
As many of you know, Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli was booted yesterday - to a $210 million severance package. If he was an athlete (he actually was a star football player at Western Illinois), that would mean this contract would be the second largest in sports history in total value behind A-Rod's 10-year, $252 million deal he signed in 2000 and that's to play, not - as Nardelli's situation commands - to NOT "play." Including his severance, stock options and salary, it's estimated he made $360 million in six years.
Who's the best CEO in the country? Morningstar knows what separates the best from the rest. On CNBC’s “Morning Call” Pat Dorsey, Morningstar's Director of Stock analysis revealed Morningstar’s CEO of the Year!
When I walked in to dinner with Ford CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday night, I knew the menu would include a tasty entree, a sweet dessert, and a healthy dose of candor. All courtesy of the "outsider" trying to turnaround the struggling automaker. I expected the honesty since that's what I found while covering Mulally as he turned around Boeing Commercial Airplanes. And at this dinner, he was forthright in his praise of Toyota.
Nardelli, who has been CEO since 2000, has been under fire by investors for his hefty pay and the poor performance of the company's stock price during his six-year tenure.
Just a day before Apple files its delayed annual report, some blockbuster news is being digested, courtesy of the Financial Times: Steve Jobs receives 7.5 million options without board approval. And even worse, documents were forged, the article says -- courtesy of sources close to the investigation -- by Apple execs to cover up the misappropriated options. If the news is true, it's stunning. It taints Steve Jobs, possibly beyond repair. And it would taint a company so totally driven my "image" and good PR. That is, if the the news is true.
When I heard that Ford CEO Alan Mulally met earlier this month in Tokyo with Toyota CEO Fujio Cho, I wasn't surprised. Nor should Ford investors and fans of the #2 American automaker. This is yet another sign, Mulally is bound and determined to move his company into a more competitive position - even if that means learning from a fierce competitor that is about to pass Ford.
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.
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.
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...
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.