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HONORABLE MENTION – Being Silent: Women (Everywhere)

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in 2017, 2017 Honorable Mention | 0 comments

HONORABLE MENTION – Being Silent: Women (Everywhere)

Silence is no longer golden in the hills of Hollywood and beyond as a new network rises from the ashes of the Old Boys’ Club. In unprecedented numbers, men and women broke the code of silence (and their NDAs) to call out sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. And for the first time, headline names were ousted for their sexual harassment in what seems like a reckoning of public opinion. The prominent, public assertions and social media’s #metoo campaign culminated in the announcement that the Silence Breakers were picked as the #1...

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White House Administration: Senior Officials  

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in 2017, Government & Politics | 0 comments

White House Administration: Senior Officials  

While turnover is never a good sign, it is particularly worrisome at the leadership level. And when it comes in bunches at that level, well, that’s a whole different story. Add to that a leadership team as public as the White House administration and it’s difficult not to take notice of the number of prominent departures. With the amount of turnover occurring in the White House, it almost feels as though America is watching a year-long episode of “The Apprentice.” At 34%, the first-year turnover rate of senior officials is higher than any...

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Time Magazine: Nancy Gibbs (Editor in Chief) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Journalism & Media | 0 comments

Time Magazine: Nancy Gibbs (Editor in Chief) 

The first woman to lead Time magazine, Nancy Gibbs, is handing over the pen after 32 years and a 4-year run as Editor-in-Chief. Gibbs joined Time Inc. in 1985 sifting through mostly black-and-white pages as a fact checker. With much attention and dialogue around women in the newsroom today, Nancy’s ascension to the top is “no small thing” as she acutely observed. While at the respected-red-bordered magazine, Gibbs wrote more cover stories than any other writer in the history of the publication, including a 9,588-word cover...

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American Express: Ken Chenault (CEO) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Finance & Insurance | 0 comments

American Express: Ken Chenault (CEO) 

With everyone except for your grandmother getting into the payment business, it is not getting any easier to become the card of choice. No matter how much notability your name carries. The financial services company, Amex, which is synonymous with cachet in your wallet, lost their CEO, Ken Chenault. Chenault’s retirement marks the end of a 17-year run at the helm and 37 years total with the company. Chenault, one of the few African American business leaders, leveraged its exclusive reputation and sought after green card into robust profit...

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Rite-Aid: Ken Martindale (President and CEO) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Drugstore | 0 comments

Rite-Aid: Ken Martindale (President and CEO) 

Ken Martindale is checking out as President and CEO of Rite Aid, the fortune 500 drugstore chain. Ken joined in 2008 and moved his way up the aisle to become CEO in August 2015. Martindale’s career ran hotter than your kids fever on exam day working in massive companies like Fred Meyer Inc., a $15 billion superstore chain, and Pathmark Stores Inc., a $4 billion supermarket chain across the east coast. Included in Martindale’s list of achievements, are navigating Rite-Aid through a potential merger with Walgreens resulting in 2,186 stores...

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Expedia: Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Travel | 0 comments

Expedia: Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO) 

The 12-year CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, departed from the online travel agency and arrived as Uber CEO for a hefty ticket price that could top $200 million. Dara grew Expedia into one of the world’s most successful travel one-stops. During his tenure, Expedia’s share prices soared 8x while its market capitalization expanded by $18 billion. Looking to find the best deals, Khosrowshahi led the company an acquisition spree, buying Travelocity, Orbitz, Wotif, and others. In order to stay competitive against the likes of Kayak and Airbnb, Dara led the...

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Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul (Point Guard) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Recreation & Sport | 0 comments

Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul (Point Guard) 

With the “Big Three” era taking basketball by storm, the Clippers finally formed one of their own with the arrival of Chris Paul in 2011. CP3 joined Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to form “Lob City” and led the team to 6 straight winnings seasons after 5 losing ones. In a city largely dominated by the Lakers and Hollywood personalities, Paul & Co. provided another star to take over the spotlight. Fans no longer only filled up the Staples Center on nights when the home team donned purple and gold. As a Clipper, the 9-time All-Star led...

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Hulu: Mike Hopkins (CEO) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Entertainment | 0 comments

Hulu: Mike Hopkins (CEO) 

In an industry where streaming services is becoming only more competitive, seeing your CEO unexpectedly leave is not going to inspire confidence. While surprise and tension often makes good television, Hulu would gladly skip this episode. Similar to their viewers, Hulu’s 380 employees can only watch and cringe as former CEO, Mike Hopkins, steps down to lead Sony Pictures Television, where he will reunite with his former mentor from Fox, Tony Vinciquerra. In 2013, when Hopkins took control as Hulu’s CEO he led the organization through a state...

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DineEquity: Julia Stewart (CEO) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Hospitality & Food Services | 0 comments

DineEquity: Julia Stewart (CEO) 

Julia Stewart, long time CEO of DineEquity (IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants), will no longer take the seat at the head of the table. In 2017 she announced her resignation after 16 years of leading the company through nourishing growth and transformation of the breakfast industrial complex. With Stewart watching the pot, IHOP’s net income rose 19% between 2003 and 2005. To spice things up, she concocted the 2007 merger of IHOP and Applebee’s, the company that originally gave her a start in the restaurant industry as a waitress in high...

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Pandora: Tim Westergren (Co-founder & CEO) 

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Entertainment | 0 comments

Pandora: Tim Westergren (Co-founder & CEO) 

Imagine a world in which any song isn’t available to us at the click of a button. Now, wake up from your apocalyptic hellmare and start streaming. Before starting Pandora in 2000, the former musician, Tim Westergren, was living out of a van, probably down by the river, when he co-founded one of the first widely adopted music streaming services. Maybe Westergren was inspired to create a music streaming service because his car radio wouldn’t allow him to listen to the music he wanted. The inspiration of Pandora aside, Westergren was an integral...

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UnitedHealth: Stephen Hemsley (CEO)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in 2017, Healthcare & Social Assistance | 0 comments

UnitedHealth: Stephen Hemsley (CEO)

It must be so easy to function in the healthcare industry that is only constantly riddled with increasing uncertainty, bedlam, and risk. Add to that the departure of your CEO, and here is another reason your insurance premiums will increase. The outgoing leader of UnitedHealth is described as one of the more reserved CEOs leading an iconic company. In fact, the only thing outgoing about him is that he is going out of America’s largest insurer. Despite his reticence (perhaps because of it) Hemsley has been a boon to the company from day one....

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