I would also keep an eye on new CEOs Thorsten Heins of Research in Motion and Jim Gooch of Radio Shack – both running companies that to me may be the equivalent of watching ice melt. And how is it that Brian Farrell, the longtime CEO of now-micro-cap THQI is not on the list? Or John Riccitiello of Electronic Arts? Or Craig Herkert of Supervalu? Or Sal Iannuzzi of Monster Worldwide?
Remember, this is just a starting point. This earnings season should help clarify who else should be on the list. I fully believe in a company’s ability to not just maneuver, but to stabilize and grow during and after an economic upheaval. In addition to the names listed here, there will be more to come.