Author Archives: Matt Vella
  • What's behind the grumbling at Rodale?

    The independent publisher has quietly suffered a stinging series of departures over the past year. It says it is simply feeling the same pressure as other publishers. Ex-staffers blame CEO Maria Rodale's management.

    By Daniel Roberts, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Rodale Inc., the independent publisher of lifestyle magazines Men's Health and Runner's World as well as books ranging from the South Beach Diet to Howard Schultz's Onward, has quietly suffered a stinging series MORE

    Jan 19, 2012 11:23 AM ET
  • Avon CEO told board: Replace me

    A source close to the situation says that it was Andrea Jung herself who proposed splitting her job into two distinct roles.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- Andrea Jung is out as CEO of Avon, but she'll remain a presence at the troubled cosmetics company -- for now. The company announced yesterday that in 2012 it will split the CEO and chairman roles, with Jung staying on as executive chairman once MORE

    Dec 14, 2011 10:53 AM ET
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  • What Occupy Wall Street got right

    The problem isn't that Wall Street broke the rules to their own benefit, it's that the rules themselves are unhelpful.

    By Roger Martin and Jennifer Riel, contributors

    FORTUNE -- The Occupy Wall Street movement has generated a slew of questions from those outside the occupying ranks: Who are these people? What do they really want? Which city will be next? How will our public officials respond? And as the protests have stretched MORE

    Nov 9, 2011 10:53 AM ET
  • Steve Jobs' patents: A vital lesson for CEOs

    Did the Apple impresario really earn all those patents? Yes, argues Microsoft researcher Bill Buxton. More importantly, Jobs' relationship to design and invention is an invaluable guide for managers in every type of business.

    By Bill Buxton, principal researcher Microsoft Research

    FORTUNE -- Late last month, The New York Times published an article that both interested and surprised me. Steve Jobs is cited as an inventor on 313 patents and is the MORE

    Sep 21, 2011 3:16 PM ET
  • Mellody Hobson's corporate "Dream Team"

    Fortune selected an executive dream team consisting of the world's best business leaders. Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments, gives us her selections and why.

    FORTUNE -- In the Sept. 5 issue of Fortune, we imagined a new kind of fantasy league: one focused on business leaders, where the stats are ruled more by market cap and earnings per share than on-base percentage and earned run averages. (See Fortune's fantasy MORE

    Aug 23, 2011 9:52 AM ET
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