CEOs to Watch in 2012

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Okay, okay. I know 2011 is a wrap and 2012 is underway. I also know that the “What’s Ahead for 2012” story can get very cliché. Nevertheless, news outlets and the blogosphere love to recap the year that was while forecasting the upcoming months. So I’ll apologize in advance for continuing to be cliché, but  I couldn’t help sharing the below video.

For the last few months, our Managing Partner, Jennifer Prosek, has been talking about the book “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen. Jen covered the book and its premise as part of a recent post that you can view here. While I haven’t read the book yet (it’s currently on my nightstand waiting for a rainy Saturday afternoon), I have become a bit conditioned to keeping an eye out for mentions of the book or commentary from its authors.

It was for this reason that I was intrigued to watch a recent interview that CBS MoneyWatch did with Hansen. The topic: What CEOs should we watch in 2012?  While Hansen covers some intriguing, yet predicable, chief executives (Tim Cook, John Chambers, Lloyd Blankfein, Reed Hastings and Andrew Mason) it got me thinking. Who am I intrigued to watch? Certainly Meg Whitman (H-P), Tom Horton (American Airlines), Scott Thompson (Yahoo!) are all on my list, but who’s on yours? Give Hansen's interview a watch (below) and feel free to share your list/thoughts within the comments. CJP

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