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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

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HBSWK: Op-Ed: Courageous Leader Triggers a Moral Revolt of CEOs Against Trump

CEOs are responsible to uphold their company’s mission and values, saysBill George. When these values are violated, even by the president of the United States, they are obliged to take a clear stand. Nothing like this has happened in 50 years. Forty-three CEOs of major American corporations revolted against President Trump this week, which led to the shutdown of…

WSJ: Apple’s Cook Joins Business Leaders Criticizing Trump’s Remarks

In email to employees, CEO says company will contribute $1 million each to Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League. By Tripp Mickle and Kelsey Gee Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook joined the chorus of high-profile business leaders who have felt compelled to share their views on Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s white-supremacist protests amid widespread unease on the part…

A Courageous Leader Triggers a Moral Revolt Among CEOs

Nothing like this has happened in the past fifty years. Forty-three CEOs of major American corporations revolted against the president this week by shutting down two presidential advisory councils. In so doing, they may have created an unprecedented gulf between the White House and the business community. It all came down to moral leadership. When…

When Should CEOs Take Public Stands?

When Should CEOs Take Public Stands? It depends upon when their mission and values are at stake. Merck CEO Ken Frazier resigned from President’s Trump’s Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying “As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.” As of Tuesday, five more CEOs joined Frazier in resigning from the council – Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Alliance for American Manufacturing’s Scott Paul, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and former AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lea.

CNBC: Here’s the Dilemma for GE’s New CEO

In his last earnings call as CEO, Jeff Immelt announced yet another disappointing quarter for General Electric. The pressure now mounts on Immelt’s successor, John Flannery, to put the company back on track. GE’s market capitalization tumbled $170 billion during Immelt’s tenure. This year alone, GE stock is down some 18 percent, while the S&P index…

HBSWK: Op-Ed: As America Recedes from Global Leadership, Its CEOs are Stepping Up

As America recedes from global leadership under President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies, a new generation of business statesmen is stepping up to take on global issues of monumental importance: global trade, climate change, job creation, and healthy living. At the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, President Trump was “odd man out”…