Interviews

In researching Better Under Pressure, Justin Menkes, from executive search firm Spencer Stuart, drew on in-depth interviews with CEOs from an array of industries. We are especially grateful to the executives listed below for their insight and generous assistance.

Richard H. Anderson
CEO
Delta Airlines

Darren Entwistle
President and CEO
TELUS Corporation

Clive J. Beddoe
Executive Chairman
WestJet Airlines

Mark P. Frissora
Chairman and CEO
Hertz Corporation

Gordon Bethune
Former CEO
Continental Airlines

James L. Hambrick
Chairman, President and CEO
Lubrizol Corporation

Lawrence J. Blanford
CEO
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Fred Hassan
Former Chairman and CEO
Schering-Plough Corporation

Thomas Andrew Boardman
CEO
Nedbank Ltd.

Andrea Jung
Chairman and CEO
Avon, Inc.

Lawrence A. Bossidy
Former Chairman and CEO
Honeywell International, Inc.

Christopher J. Kearney
Chairman, President and CEO
SPX Corporation

Gregory C. Case
CEO
Aon Corporation

Herbert D. Kelleher
Former Chairman and CEO
Southwest Airlines

Patrick D. Daniel
President and CEO
Enbridge, Inc.

Richard L. Keyser
Former CEO  
W.W. Grainger, Inc.   

D. Ronald Daniel
Former Managing Director
McKinsey & Company, Inc.

James M. Kilts
Former Chairman, President and CEO Gillette Company

Dr. Marijn M. Dekkers
CEO
Bayer AG

Jeffrey B. Kindler, Jr. Esq.
Former Chairman and CEO
Pfizer

Michael Dell
Chairman and CEO
Dell Computers

Alan G. Lafley
Former Chairman and CEO
Procter & Gamble Company

David C. Denison
CEO
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Jacques Lamarre
Former President and CEO
SNC-Lavalin Group, Inc.

David B. Dillon
Chairman and CEO
Kroger Co.

Thomas M. Ryan
Chairman, President and CEO CVS/Caremark Corporation

Ralph Larsen
Former Chairman and CEO
Johnson & Johnson

Paolo Scaroni
Managing Director and CEO
ENI S.p.A.

Richard H. Lenny
Former Chairman, President and CEO
The Hershey Company

Henry B. Schacht
Partner and Senior Advisor
Warburg Pincus LLC

James McNulty
Chairman and Former CEO
Parsons Corporation

Ivan G. Seidenberg
Chairman and CEO
Verizon Communications Corporation

Raymond J. Milchovich
Chairman and CEO
Foster Wheeler, Ltd.

Kevin W. Sharer
Chairman and CEO
Amgen, Inc.

James F. Mooney
Chairman
Virgin Media, Inc.

James Skinner
Vice Chairman and CEO
McDonald’s Corporation

David C. Novak
Chairman and CEO
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Frederick W. Smith
Chairman and CEO
FedEx Corporation

Neil S. Novich
Former Chairman, President and CEO
Ryerson Steel

David Speer
Chairman and CEO
ITW-Illinois Tool Works

David C. O’Reilly
Former President and CEO
Chevron Corporation

Joseph R. Swedish
President and CEO
Trinity Health Organization

James W. Owens
Former Chairman and CEO
Caterpillar, Inc.

Chris Van Gorder
President and CEO
Scripps Health

Gregory R. Page
Chairman, President and CEO
Cargill, Inc.

William G. Walter
Former Chairman, President and CEO
FMC Corporation

William D. Perez
Former Chairman and CEO  
William Wrigley Jr. Company

Richard L. Wambold
Former Chairman and CEO
Pactiv Corporation

Steven S. Reinemund
Former Chairman and CEO
PepsiCo, Inc.

Miles D. White
Chairman and CEO
Abbott Laboratories, Inc.

Irene B. Rosenfeld
Chairman and CEO
Kraft, Inc.

William D. Zollars
Chairman and CEO
YRC Worldwide Inc.

John A. Edwardson
Chairman and CEO
CDW Corporation

 

 


Table of contents

The full table of contents is listed below.

Introduction: Great Leadership in a World of Ongoing Duress
Learning How to Realize Potential
Realistic Optimism: Awareness of Actual Circumstances
Realistic Optimism: A Sense of Agency
Subservience to Purpose: Affiliations Based on Shared Dedication
Subservience to Purpose: Affect Tolerance
Finding Order in Chaos: Maintaining Clarity of Thought
Finding Order in Chaos: The Drive to Solve the Puzzle
Setting the Virtuous Flywheel in Motion  

 

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