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Shortly after taking over Unilever, Polman met with investors in London and withdrew guidance to security analysts and quarterly earnings, telling them, “My job is not to serve shareholders, but to serve consumers and our customers.” Of course, he believes that in doing so, Unilever will indeed serve its shareholders better over the long-term. Unilever’s
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The first named tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed. The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is now Subtropical Storm Alberto. Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph early Friday and was located 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. The storm was moving north-northeast
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Privacy activist Max Schrems has wasted no time making use of Europe’s new data protection law to target the giants of Silicon Valley. The Austrian lawyer’s non-profit organization NOYB filed complaints against Google, Facebook and Facebook-owned services WhatsApp and Instagram on Friday. The complaints could result in penalties worth up to 7 billion euros ($8.1
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Rajesh Jantilal | AFP | Getty Images South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa (second left) speaks with workers during a visit to a Volvo assembly plant in Durban on May 19, 2018. According to Ben Payton, head of Africa at risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, the speech signified Ramaphosa’s most important parliamentary appearance since his State
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The CEO of Italy’s largest utility firm says he’s been left stunned by the tactics deployed by Spain’s Iberdrola, amid a bitter feud over Brazil’s largest power distributor. Europe’s top two utilities, Enel and Iberdrola, are in the midst of a fierce battle to secure the assets of Brazil’s Electropaulo. The South American grid operator
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United Continental Holdings has selected former Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey as board chair, making her the first woman to lead the company’s directors, the carrier said on Thursday. “Jane steps into this critical role bringing with her decades of experience as both a leader and pioneer in our industry,” United Chief Executive Oscar
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When it comes to business advice, there are few people better placed to bestow their wisdom than Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Good job, then, that he set up a university to share tips on the meteoric rise of one of the group’s leading companies, Taobao. Situated in Hangzhou, China,
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Britain’s Marks & Spencer said on Wednesday it urgently had to modernize or risk fading away as it reported a second straight decline in annual profit and booked a 321 million pounds ($430 million) charge for a store closure programme. The 134-year-old M&S faces unrelenting competition from supermarkets, fashion chains like Zara, H&M and Primark,
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This Thursday, the Verkhovna Rada (the parliament of Ukraine) considers a historic proposal to replace 25-year-old foreign exchange legislation with an entirely new law that will open our country to international investors and make it easier for Ukrainian businesses to operate globally. Technical though it may seem, liberalization of our arcane foreign exchange controls will
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It’s been quite a journey going from being born on a commune to raising more than $87 million in funding at a software company. It’s one that has forced me to wrestle with existential questions about my true beliefs, and how they intersect with my life as an entrepreneur. One’s work is rarely a pure
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Jason Alden | Bloomberg | Getty Images Vittorio Colao, chief executive officer of Vodafone Group Plc, poses for a photograph in London, on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao will step down in October after 10 years in which he reshaped the world’s second largest mobile operator into a digital communications powerhouse
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J.P. Morgan Chase & Co said on Monday it had appointed Mark Leung as the chief executive of its China business. A veteran who’s been with the bank for 21 years, Leung will manage onshore and offshore activities in the country. He started his career in rates derivatives trading and has held trading roles in
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The federal tax overhaul cut taxes for millions of American families and businesses. But the law also had an unintended effect: raising the state-tax bite in nearly every state that has an income tax. Now, governors and state legislators are contending with how to adjust their own tax codes to shield their residents from paying
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AT&T on Friday ousted its top lobbyist, and the No. 2 wireless carrier’s chief executive said it was a “big mistake” to hire Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, for advice on working with the Trump administration. AT&T paid Essential Consultants, a firm set up by Cohen, a total of $600,000 over 2017 for
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Also, she’s asked that shareholders vote against approving the company’s executive compensation plan — the so-called say on pay. Three independent proxy advisory firms — Institutional Shareholder Services, Egan-Jones Proxy Services and Glass Lewis & Co. — have come out in support of her position on rejecting the say-on-pay proposal and to withhold votes from
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Even some potential victims of modernisation have been borne in mind. Mikael Karlsson, a former driver and football coach, displays a fan of glossy homeless charity magazines and sports an ID badge with a QR code. Anyone wanting to buy a copy just has to scan the code with their app. “When I started, I
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Ford Motor could resume production of its best-selling F-150 pickups as early as Friday, May 18 in Dearborn and Kansas City, according to a source familiar with the automaker’s plans. Ford shut truck plants in Michigan, Missouri and Kentucky earlier this week because of parts shortages caused by a supplier fire in Michigan. Also on
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