8 CEOs with staying power

The average top executive in the US holds the job for just over 8 years, which makes the enduring tenures of corporate chiefs such as Reed Hastings, Rupert Murdoch and Larry Ellison all the more impressive.

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Mar 5, 2014 8:49AM
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Great, informative article for these, as well as all corporate leaders, who makes millions for those of us who have the acumen to invest in their leadership.  A good read for those segments of the population who are so ignorant that they believe corporations (and fortunes) just happen.  If  the genius behind business management could be understood and applied to politics the U.S.S.A. would not be in the current death spiral. 
Mar 5, 2014 12:16PM
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Funny how it works, you build long term success for your organization, you keep your job for a long time.
Mar 5, 2014 11:56AM
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If Alan Mulally sticks around for a couple of more years add his name to this list of successful executives that moved the needle in their respective companies.  Alan didn't make the cut for this article because he is a few months shy of 8yrs at Ford having assumed the role of CEO in September, 2006.  He inherited a company that had been raped and plundered by his predecessor to the point Ford was wandering aimlessly and losing billions.  Hats of to William Clay Ford who correctly assessed the situation and brought Alan into the fray.  His first controversial move was to put up everything at Ford including the blue oval up for collateral to get private sector loan guarantees to make sure Ford did not buckle in the then looming economic storm.  I knew that was successful the day I watched the CEO's from Ford, GM and Chrysler sitting before congress answering questions like "How did you guys get here, did you fly public or come on your corporate jets?" and "Mr. GM CEO (Rick Wagoner) would you work for $1 for the next year? to which Mr. GM CEO said "Certainly".  "And how about you Mr. Chrysler CEO (Robert Nardelli), would you work for $1 for the next year?"  Reply "Oh yes sir I will gladly work for $1 for the next year(if you give us a loan so we can stay in business)".  "And how about you Mr. Ford CEO, would you work for $1 for the next year?" Mr. Mulally replied "No- I think I'm good."  Ford never borrowed a nickel from the taxpayers and stayed out of bankruptcy to boot.  Mulally's story was similar in his previous job at Boeing where he fished another large company out of the drink and designed the Boeing 777.  I think history will show Alan Mulally not only has staying power, he has the business acumen to make miracles happen in large corporations and has that magnetic personality and care for people that attracts employees to become team members to win the biggest battles.
Mar 5, 2014 11:18AM
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These are some of the finest men on the planet. Rich, elite and intellegent. Respect.
Mar 5, 2014 8:07AM
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Another dimwit arrogant dynasty supporting article. WHY do certain CEOs have staying power? Because the Board of Directors the collude with make it so. How is ANY corporation today different than a gang of thugs? One imports cheap crap and victimizes us with them. The other imports cheap drugs and victimizes us with them. Our government SHOULD be exhausting all resources chasing down and prosecuting corruption. Instead, it tolerated TARP, QE, Derivatives and Lobbies to usurp Rights from the voting public and let inherited platforms gain omnipotence. The world is on the brink of ruin because of it. No "CEO" in America has self-employment on their resume. So why do we let them destroy us with corruption and ineptitude? Close the banks, end the Federal Reserve and get RID of Wall Street. They are ALL anti-American. If these terrorists have REAL talent, they will build something out of nothing but had-work and tenacity and help our nation regain prosperity. As it is right now, they deserve a gas chamber shower.  
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