CEOs ought to operate their companies in such a manner that their integrity and work ethic may not be questioned. Take the example of Unity (ticker: U) CEO John Riccitiello who is named in this lawsuit. If the allegations are true, it speaks to horrible behavior on Mr. Riccitiello's part. Setting the allegations aside for … Continue reading CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost
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I've yet to be convinced of the value proposition of incorporating ESG into the investment decision-making process. What are the definitions of the "Environmental" and "Social" elements of ESG and how are each directly correlated to alpha generation? You are preaching to the choir as it relates to "Corporate Governance" - the "G" in ESG. … Continue reading “G” Is Where The Value Is In ESG
Elon Musk is happy for prospective Tesla customers, sell-side analysts, buy-side investors and his Twitter followers to believe that Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous when that could not be further from the truth (see our earlier article regarding Autonomous vehicle permits). This fallacy helps promote the narrative around Musk as a genius entrepreneur (newsflash: Musk … Continue reading The Blood Is On Elon Musk’s Hands
We have been consistently critical of Boeing's (tkr: BA), Board of Directors and CEO David Calhoun (links to those articles below). Should Boeing's Board decide to replace Mr. Calhoun (it ought to replace itself first), we recommend that the Board look to the IT Services industry for a replacement CEO. The airplane design and manufacture … Continue reading Boeing Should Look To The IT Services Industry For A New CEO
Legacy payments companies still have not fully embraced mobile applications. For example, Global Payments (tkr: GPN) chooses to white label certain mobile payment applications from Apriva rather than fully own its technology stack. All mobile applications are not created equal. The user experience differs dramatically across mobile apps and is primarily a function of the … Continue reading It’s Difficult For Legacy Payments Companies To Learn New Tricks
It is disappointing that Boeing was not forced to purge CEO David Calhoun and its Board as part of yesterday's $2.5 billion DOJ settlement. We most recently wrote about the fact that Boeing needed to purge is CEO and Board in September 2020. Boeing's Board deserves an "F" for its handling of the 737 Max … Continue reading Where Is The Accountability At Boeing?
From time to time we have written about CEO Personality and its impact on corporate operations and stock returns. Earlier this week we spoke with Dr. Joseph Harrison of TCU. Dr. Harrison and his team recently performed an Advanced Analytics exercise that analyzed 2,880 CEOs regarding their personality traits and related company stock returns. Click … Continue reading Cult of Personality – A Deep Dive On CEO Personality Research
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