Global Conference 2011

Global Conference 2011

Lessons From the Great Recession: How Businesses Survived and Now Look to Thrive

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 / 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

How a company reacts in tough times can make or break the firm. Sometimes survival boils down to making nimble moves to restructure debt and strengthen the balance sheet. In other cases it's about getting lean and coaxing productivity and loyalty out of your employees. And if you can muster the resources, continuing to invest in R&D or snapping up distressed assets in a down cycle can leave you positioned to profit handsomely when the upswing finally arrives. This panel will look at the actions taken by some leading names that navigated through the recession and came out in good shape on the other side. What was their strategy? What were their key business decisions? What did investors look for in companies during the recession? What can we learn from these executives about how to prepare for the next challenge?


Michael Milken

Chairman, Milken Institute


Pierre Beaudoin

President and CEO, Bombardier Inc.

Kenneth Griffin

Founder and CEO, Citadel

Dan Hesse

President and CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp.

Robert Miller

Chairman, AIG; Chairman, MidOcean Partners

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