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CEO perspective: Jack Larsen, UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement

For many companies, a corporate awakening comes with a crisis. At UnitedHealth Group, a stock options scandal prompted some senior management soul searching. “It was painful,” recalls Jack Larsen, chief executive of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement. “But we can’t lose sight of the fact that we are a very social business, carrying out social policy.” The stock options scandal, which … Read more…

CEO perspective: Ajay Goel, Tata Power Solar

After returning to his native India in 2012 to take on a job at Tata Power Solar, one of the first things Ajay Goel did was to head out of the office. As chief executive of a company with a more than 20-year history in solar power, he wanted to meet his customers – and many of them were the … Read more…

CEO perspective: Shibu Shibulal, Infosys

A recent Infosys sustainability report quotes Edward Wilson, US biologist and author, on the need to “raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living.” This need is particularly pressing in India, where the IT outsourcing giant is based. Because the country’s social problems are so acute, says Shibu Shibulal, Infosys chief executive, companies can make substantial contributions through their … Read more…

Leadership perspective: Cargill’s Greg Page

For anyone familiar with Cargill, the name brings to mind things that are big – very big. As one of the world’s largest privately owned companies, the agribusiness giant buys, trades and distributes agricultural products in vast amounts. Yet for its executive chairman, Greg Page, the global food system also relies on things that are small. He’s talking about smallholder … Read more…

The unexpected benefits of bureaucracy

As chief executive and founder of a Liberian enterprise, Chid Liberty knew he would encounter hurdles. Liberty & Justice makes clothing for export to the US while providing jobs for Liberian women. But in a country emerging from the violence and destruction of a civil war, Liberty expected to face everything from corruption to power outages and failing infrastructure. Overcoming … Read more…

Let’s mix it up!

In 1996, I stood on a poplar-covered slope in Pakistan above a valley where the Karakoram, Pamir, Hindu Kush and Himalayas fight it out in a grand confusion of jagged peaks and deep ravines. Crops of alfalfa swayed gently in the breeze. “All this was barren land, until we had the irrigation channel,” Farhat Khan told me. Khan and his … Read more…