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Beth Goldman

Series Hosted by CNBC's Melissa Francis and Simon Hobbs and Sponsored By Credit Suisse

"Executive Vision" Is Tailored For Today's Leaders, Future Leaders, Companies And Governments Seeking Visionary Guidance

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. September 25, 2009 How do the greatest CEO's define leadership? What motivates them? How do they navigate the new leadership landscape? How do they use their vision to win?

"Executive Vision," a CNBC five-part series sponsored by Credit Suisse, is an executive strategy session as some of the world's brightest minds gather to tackle the most compelling issues they face in their fields. The series examines how leaders gain the trust, dedication and admiration of all around them as they confront the challenges in today's ever-changing world. The five-part series explores the art of leadership within five specific industry groups beginning Tuesday, September 29th at 9PM and 1AM ET and will air for five consecutive Tuesdays at 9PM and 1AM ET on CNBC, First in Business Worldwide.*

The series, hosted by CNBC's Melissa Francis and Simon Hobbs, will broadcast globally across the CNBC network.

"As we forge our way forward in this unprecedented economic environment, companies and governments across the world need leaders who communicate a clear, compelling vision," said Susan Krakower, Senior Vice President, Strategic Programming and Development, CNBC. "The goal of this series is to provide today's leaders and future leaders with an all-encompassing almanac of solutions and a blueprint for successful leadership in their own organizations."

Each one-hour episode features prominent CEO guests who have clearly demonstrated successful leadership including Tommy Hilfiger, Founder and Principal Designer, Tommy Hilfiger Group; Steve Sadove, Chairman and CEO, Saks; Kendall Powell, Chairman and CEO, General Mills; David Snow, Chairman and CEO, Medco; Dr. Bill Frist, Partner Cressey & Co and Former Senator Majority Leader; Jeffrey Kindler, Chairman and CEO, Pfizer; Gerald Quindlen, President and CEO, Logitech; Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder, Wikipedia; Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience, Google; David Neeleman, Founder and Former CEO, JetBlue Airways and Founder Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras; John Krafcik, CEO, Hyundai Motor America; Tony Fernandes, CEO, Air Asia; and Ram Shriram, Founder, Sherpalo Ventures; Elon Musk, CEO & Chairman, Product Architect Tesla Motors; among others, who will offer a breadth of perspective and critical eye that comes only after years of experience in a particular industry.

In addition to the CEO guests, the series digs deeper into the nuances of a particular industry with other notable leaders, experts and big thinkers. By weaving in analysis of specific industry prototypes, "Executive Vision" delves into the most important issues facing industries today and breaks down how leaders can excel in a challenging environment. Each hour is capped off with a leadership challenge a provocative situation that capitalizes on the insight of these brilliant leaders and pushes them to provide instantaneous analysis and solutions.

CNBC's "Executive Vision" will feature the following episodes:

The Blueprint For Breakthrough Leadership: Health Care

Navigating The New Leadership Landscape: Retail

Building A Global Leadership Brand: Technology

Cultivating The Next Generation: Transportation

Being A Leader - A Job That's Never Done: Energy

For more information regarding CNBC's "Executive Vision," including a complete list of guests, log on to

CNBC's Melissa Francis is the co-anchor of "The Call" (M-F, 11am-12pm ET). CNBC's Simon Hobbs is an anchor based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

*Editor's Note: CNBC's "Executive Vision" Programming Schedule
EPISODE 1 Tuesday, September 29th at 9PM &1AM ET
EPISODE 2 Tuesday, October 6th at 9PM & 1AM ET
EPISODE 3 Tuesday, October 13th at 9PM & 1AM ET
EPISODE 4 Tuesday, October 20th at 9PM & 1AM ET
EPISODE 5 Tuesday, October 27th at 9PM & 1AM ET

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