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Vestas Appoints New CEO Amid Mounting Losses

August 21, 2013 4:24 am | News | Comments

Denmark's troubled wind turbine producer Vestas has appointed Anders Runevad as its new CEO as the company looks to deal with mounting losses.Runevad, who comes from the Swedish telecommunication company Ericsson, will take over on Sept. 1.    

BAE Systems Says CEO Of U.S. Unit Will Retire

August 20, 2013 1:43 pm | BAE Systems | News | Comments

Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday that the CEO and president of its U.S. subsidiary will retire next year. Linda Hudson, who has led the U.S. unit since 2009, will remain at her post through the first quarter of 2014.      

GM Hires Delphi Exec To Run Powertrain Business

August 20, 2013 8:32 am | News | Comments

Steve Kiefer, who heads Delphi Corp.'s Powertrain Systems, will join the auto giant on Sept. 1. In addition to leading GM's powertrain business, he also will oversee engine development. Jim Lanzon will remain as vice president of global transmissions.  


Former Exec Gets Prison For $185M Stock Swindle

August 19, 2013 8:20 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of America's leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison for running a $185 million stock swindle in which he used the proceeds to finance luxuries such as lavish parties featuring Tom Petty, Aerosmith and the Eagles.

BlackBerry CEO Could Get Almost $55.6M

August 19, 2013 7:59 am | News | Comments

Heins would receive $48 million in equity awards, based on the company's share price at the end of its latest fiscal year, according to a regulatory filing earlier this year. He would also get $7.5 million in compensation for his salary and bonus under the change of control provisions in his contract.

Motorola Solutions Says CFO Fitzpatrick Is Leaving

August 15, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Communications equipment maker Motorola Solutions Inc. said Wednesday that Chief Financial Officer Ed Fitzpatrick is leaving the company. Motorola said Gino Bonanotte, 48, will be its acting CFO while the company looks for a permanent replacement. He was in charge of financial operations for Motorola's sales and product-operations organizations.

Rockwell Collins Ortberg Takes On CEO Position

August 1, 2013 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The aviation and military electronics maker announced last month that Ortberg, who will hold is previous position as company president, would succeed Clay Jones. The 64-year-old Jones has spent nearly 34 years at Rockwell Collins. He will continue as non-executive chairman.

Rob McKenna, Former Wash. AG, Joins NAJI As President

July 30, 2013 10:45 am | by NAJI | News | Comments

The National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) is pleased to announce that former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna has joined NAJI's Board of Directors and will serve as NAJI President. NAJI is a non-partisan organization of over 200 members whose mission is to help stop unfair competition resulting from stolen intellectual property (IP) — whether through piracy, counterfeiting, or trade secret theft.


Hacker Who Made ATMs Spit Out Cash Dies

July 29, 2013 2:19 pm | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have automatic teller machines spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said.

Ex-GM Exec Sees Toyota Role As Sign Of Change

July 23, 2013 7:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mark Hogan, a former General Motors Co. executive tapped to join the Toyota board, sees his appointment as a sign of change at the Japanese automaker and hopes he'll play a role in the company becoming less insular and quicker in decision making.

HP Names 3 Board Members Amid Turnaround Push

July 15, 2013 1:43 pm | News | Comments

CEO Meg Whitman has portrayed HP's turnaround as a multi-year effort. She has been overhauling the company's product line and pushing into more profitable niches in business software, data analysis and storage and technology consulting. HP also is in the process of eliminating nearly 30,000 jobs and shedding other expenses.

Microsoft Reshuffles Company Structure

July 11, 2013 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Microsoft says it is reshuffling its business to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile devices.

Better 'Ethics' In Economic Development?

July 9, 2013 3:26 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

While, yes, states are individual entities, and state politicians are beholden to what they can bring to their state economy and usually not much else, but there’s something to be appreciated in business that isn’t cutthroat and isn’t based solely upon politics.


U.S.: Tiffany Exec Stole Jewelry Worth $1.3M

July 3, 2013 10:07 am | by Tom Hays, Associated Press | News | Comments

As vice president of product development, the 45-year-old Lederhaas-Okun had authority to "check out" jewelry from Tiffany to provide to potential manufacturers so they could calculate production costs. Authorities allege that after she left Tiffany in February, the company discovered she had checked out 164 items that were never returned.

Prevent Your Kidnapping With Re-Shoring?

July 3, 2013 9:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

As with most other news of labor relations coming out of China, many are using the recent boss kiddnapping event as another example of why manufacturers need to be moving back to the U.S. as soon as possible. I wouldn’t be so quick to judgment.

Gov: Unions Not Needed At Mercedes-Benz Plant

July 2, 2013 7:57 am | News | Comments

The governor was at the Tuscaloosa County plant last week for a sendoff of its president and chief executive, Markus Schaefer, who is taking an executive role at the automaker's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Bentley said after the event that the plant is a close-knit organization that works well together as a team.

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