A Deep Freeze for GE Pensions

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According to the WSJ, General Electric Co. said it was freezing its pension plan for about 20,000 U.S. workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees, as the conglomerate joins the ranks of U.S. companies phasing out a guaranteed retirement. Questions: Who is the CEO? The video said the CEO has been aggressive. What has he… Read more »

Are you Kidding?

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According to Business Insider, Tesla owners will soon be able to customize their next generation of Tesla cars to emit the sound of a goat bleating, or a fart noise in place of a horn.  Questions: How did Elon Musk announce this new customization? What other sounds did he mention? Do you think he was… Read more »

Juul CEO Resigns and Company Drops Advertising

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According to Drugs.com, vape device maker Juul Labs said Wednesday it is stopping all print, digital and television advertising, and its CEO, Kevin Burns, is stepping down. Questions: Who is the new CEO? Who owns a 35% share of Juul? Who is investigating e-cigarettes and why? Source: Staff. E-Cigarette Maker Juul Stops All Advertising, Replaces… Read more »

Nissan and Ghosn Fraud

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According to the Washington Post, Nissan will pay $15 million, and former chairman Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million to settle allegations by U.S. regulators that they hid more than $140 million of Ghosn’s retirement benefits from investors. Questions: How long was Ghosn CEO of Nissan? What punishment did the SEC impose on Ghosn? Was it for hiding… Read more »

Who can save Barnes and Noble?

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According to the New York Times, the man, James Daunt, who will soon try to revive Barnes & Noble once spent weeks arguing with a bookstore shelving designer that the correct angle of tilt for a shelf is three degrees, because books catch more light and attention on shelves below eye level. Questions: Which bookstore… Read more »

Strategic Differences

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HSBC announced that CEO, John Flint, was leaving the bank after only 18 months in the role.  Questions: What issues is Europe’s biggest bank grappling with currently? What specific strategic reason does the Board give for his departure?  What is the revenue risk that HSBC faces? Source: Reuters Staff. (2019). HSBC CEO John Flint leaves… Read more »

Goldman Sachs has a plan – but is it a good one?

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Goldman Sachs has a plan to combine five investing teams into a single alternatives unit. This plan has been doubted internally and has led to interesting drama within the firm. Questions: Who is Goldman’s CEO who announced this plan? Why is this move important to outside investors? Why is the debate centering around Goldman’s two… Read more »

Restructuring at Deutsche Bank

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Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has begun a string of layoffs that will result in 20 percent fewer employees or 18,000 jobs. Questions: This slashing in jobs happened on the first day takeover of the new CEO. Who is the CEO? What happened to shares of Deutsche Bank after word of this sweeping overhaul? How… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

Resignation of another CEO

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Herbalife’s chief executive has resigned over unspecified comments he made before taking leadership of the Los Angeles supplement maker. Questions: 1. What did his previous remarks relate to? 2. Who is CEO Goudis’ replacement and what is the replacement’s background? 3. Why has Herbalife been in the news since 2015? Source: Pazzanghera, J. (2019). Herbalife… Read more »