Global Conference 2009
CEO: How Will It Stop Being a Dirty Word?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 / 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
"CEO" has become a dirty word these days. Top corporate executives have been vilified as greedy, incompetent, careless, uncaring — and just plain out of touch with what they need to know. In some cases, the opprobrium is justified; in many more, it is not. But in all cases, the challenges that lie ahead for the individuals running companies will be different than they were before. How will CEOs and their companies balance calls for transparency, rectitude and regulations with the business imperatives of risk-reward, competitive advantage and free enterprise? How should business leaders exemplify and inspire creativity, confidence, calm and courage in the midst of the turmoil that surrounds them today? What must CEOs do today to prepare their companies and people to compete when recovery is at hand? What traits and skills will be needed to operate and grow companies in the evolving new world of commerce? This panel, featuring some of the foremost experts on business leadership, focused on what the ideal 21st-century CEO will have to know, do and be.