The GE veteran and one-time cod fisherman has led a remarkable turnaround at the industrial giant.
By Shawn Tully, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Dave Cote is feeling the beat. He takes a sip of Mountain Dew and bobs his head in time to the throbbing bass of Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life." The CEO of Honeywell International, one of the world's largest industrial conglomerates, with $37.1 billion in sales, is wearing his MOREMay 14, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Smith sounds off on China, the U.S. economy, the value of a good name, and why the government shouldn't pay for a liberal arts education.
By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- When Fred Smith founded FedEx in 1971, he had just returned from the Vietnam War, where he had served as a Marine platoon leader and then a pilot, and he was casting around for something to do. As legend MOREMay 11, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Exclusive: As CEO of Avon, Andrea Jung made bad bets and missed opportunities. Now she's been replaced - and the 126-year-old company has a second bidder lining up.
By Beth Kowitt, writer
FORTUNE -- It was a painful hour for Andrea Jung.
The CEO and chairman of Avon Products was fielding questions during the company's third-quarter earnings call from a pack of frustrated analysts -- and they weren't holding back. The company had surprised the MOREApr 11, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Christine Day joined Lululemon Athletica in 2008 and helped the yoga-inspired athletic apparel maker grow by trusting her employees to make decisions.
Interview by Colleen Leahey, reporter
FORTUNE -- It's true that Lululemon Athletica's manifesto proclaims that "friends are more important than money," but there's been a lot of the latter pouring in these days. In 2008, CEO Christine Day joined the company after 20 years at Starbucks (SBUX); she has increased MOREMar 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The tax code is archaic. The infrastructure is crumbling. We're doing our best to stifle innovation. What to do? Here's how I'd get the U.S. back on its feet.
By Sandy Cutler, contributor
FORTUNE -- Our nation is facing a crisis, a crisis of leadership. Decisions today are being based, sadly, on political dogma. The guiding principles that made our country great -- creating jobs, fostering innovation, and providing more economic opportunity MOREMar 13, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Are teams at the top important? Absolutely. Will they replace individuals as leaders of organizations? Not a chance. Here's why. By Bob FrischFeb 23, 2012 11:50 AM ET
He rescued the coffee chain. It had record financial results this year. Now the CEO is on a campaign to save the country from its politicians. Here's how he blends capitalism and activism.
By David A. Kaplan, contributor
FORTUNE -- The president of the United States wasn't on the phone to talk about Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Back in September, two days before Barack Obama delivered his speech to Congress on jobs, he put MORENov 17, 2011 6:10 AM ET
Executives who take on the challenge of devising a corporate turnaround must face increasingly tighter deadlines to show results. But how much time should a comeback actually take? By Shelley DuBoisSep 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Thanks to Jim Skinner's no-nonsense leadership, the global restaurant juggernaut is doing better than ever.
By Beth Kowitt, writer-reporter
FORTUNE -- Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald's, is inspecting the kitchen of one of his restaurants in Oak Brook, Ill., with the rigor many of his peers might reserve for financial reports. He examines the food-preparation area as he explains, in great detail, the "review of the hash browns" that McDonald's initiated a MOREAug 23, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The GE chief executive has been at the helm for almost a decade now. How has Obama's job-council czar done?
When the business world woke up on Jan. 21 and heard about the White House's overnight announcement -- that General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt would become chief of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness -- the buzz quickly focused on just one question: Was he leaving GE? Was the long-standing speculation MOREFeb 10, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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