For our inaugural CEO Hall of Fame class we selected CEO Hall of Fame members largely based upon their contribution toward building their respective companies as well as creating long-term shareholder value. Our selection process included a variety of quantitative and qualitative elements including financial operating performance, total stock returns, longevity, innovation, corporate governance and … Continue reading The CEORater CEO Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Fraud always spikes during frothy markets. If it feels like we are beating you over the head as it relates to Quality CEOs and CEO Integrity it is because we are. High Quality, High Integrity CEOs are the best preventive measure against getting burned by fraudulent companies. 2020 has delivered massive equity market valuation froth … Continue reading Fraud – A Sign of The Times
At CEORater we evaluate CEOs on 42 attributes across four quadrants (Operations-related, Strategy & Tactics, Investor-related and Personality-related attributes). Great CEOs are time-tested, have a well-rounded skill set, are high character, are intellectually curious, the list goes on. Several founders and CEOs recently reminded us of their blind spots. Tickers mentioned: GM, ORCL, TSLA Mary … Continue reading CEO Quality Is Critical
The "Best" is such a subjective descriptor. However, if pressed to select the best operating CEO our vote would go to Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos. A sure fire bet to be a first ballot Hall of Famer in CEORater's CEO Hall of Fame. Amazon is perhaps the most practical of the Technology giants. … Continue reading The World’s Best Operator
Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, FB, GOOG, MSFT, VMW, TWTR Deep-pocketed companies such as Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have a competitive advantage in the Talent War - especially during the Work-From-Home era. On that front, VMWare and Twitter just shot themselves in the foot. VMWare and Twitter said they will adjust compensation downward for … Continue reading Competing for Employees in the WFH Era
Innovation is the name of the game and I am unable to think of a major bank that has innovated or disrupted the market over the past 20-30 years. Goldman probably comes closest. Goldman's biggest "innovation" was attaching itself to Apple's coat tails. JPMorgan has leveraged AI and other advanced technologies internally. However, JPM has … Continue reading Most Banking CEOs Fail To Innovate. New Citi CEO Jane Fraser May Have Better Luck.
CEO's need to be comfortable with some level of diversification to keep their companies relevant over the long-term. Long-time Anheuser-Busch InBev (ticker: BUD) CEO Carlos Brito was not afraid of big acquisitions. However, his most notable large acquisitions (Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller) failed to add new beverage categories to the tired product portfolio while weighting it … Continue reading Carlos Brito Is On His Way Out as BUD CEO. Did BUD’s Board Try To Help Brito?
Boeing has a corporate governance problem. CEO Dave Calhoun has been a Boeing director since 2009 and CEO since January 2020. It strikes us as curious that Calhoun had no knowledge of the operational problems around the 737 Max aircraft that led to the two crashes that killed 346 people in October 2018 and March … Continue reading Boeing Needs to Wipe the Slate Clean of Its CEO and Board
The drama around former McDonald's (tkr: MCD) CEO Steve Easterbrook could have been avoided if the Board had been engaged. Similarly, the company's HR function failed. Self-preservation is to blame. Ironically, McDonald's Board is at risk of being purged and HR leadership has already turned over under new MCD CEO Chris Kempczinski. How is self-preservation … Continue reading McDonald’s: Cultural Rot Starts At The Top
WarnerMedia ("WM") and AT&T (tkr: T), leadership teams should take note. WM/AT&T completely botched its summer movie release schedule, failing to adapt to the post-COVID reality. The company took the "wait-and-see" approach rather than controlling that which it could. The result? Market share lost to Netflix and DisneyPlus. WarnerMedia's summer tentpole film - Tenet - … Continue reading Muscles, Viruses, Nature and People Adapt. So Do The Best Leadership Teams.