Stories by Richard M. Smith

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    Making Seoul Women-Friendly

    South Korea has long been one of the most male-dominated societies in the world, but Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon hopes to begin changing that image. Three years ago, he launched the Women Friendly Seoul Project, a set of initiatives aimed at improving both the quality of daily life and long-term political opportunities for the capital’s female residents. The mayor, who recently won reelection, talked about the project with NEWSWEEK’s Richard M. Smith. Excerpts:
  • Adobe CEO Narayen on Hiring, E-Mail, and Apple

    Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. is responsible for many of the big-name products in Web publishing, including Flash, Photoshop, and Acrobat. NEWSWEEK chairman Richard M. Smith spoke with Adobe's CEO, Shantanu Narayen.
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    'Know What You Don't Know'

    Cisco Systems, Inc. was once best known as the plumber of the Internet, for building the infrastructure and networking equipment that allows worldwide information sharing. CEO John Chambers on the company's new push into leisure products.
  • Ban Ki-Moon

    Alone At The Top Of The World
  • Abbe Raven's Staying Power

    In the land of TV, the talent's always on the move. At A&E, the CEO began her career there 23 years ago.
  • Q&A: Controlling Bad News

    In the Internet era, bad news travels fast. A guru explains how companies should play smart defense.
  • Trading Places

    John Thain left Goldman Sachs for the New York Stock Exchange—and a new life in the public eye.
  • Q&A: Calif. Pizza Kitchen Founders

    Law school can be great preparation for all kinds of careers. But former federal prosecutors Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax have deployed their expertise in an unusual niche: wood-fired pizzas. In 1985 the pair launched California Pizza Kitchen, which has grown into a $554 million-in-revenue chain with 213 restaurants. In an interview conducted as part of the NEWSWEEK-Kaplan M.B.A. program, NEWSWEEK Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Smith spoke with the co-CEOs about the lessons they've learned during 22 years in the kitchen and boardroom. Excerpts: ...
  • Medicine Man

    Pfizer's CEO talks about layoffs, regulatory issues and the public's unhappiness about drug prices.
  • Leadership Q&A: Vernon Jordan

    During more than 40 years in public life, Vernon Jordan has headed the United Negro College Fund, led the Urban League, been a confidant to U.S. presidents, served on various corporate boards--and most recently, advised President George W. Bush as a member of the Iraq Study Group. In the latest in his series of interviews as part of the NEWSWEEK-Kaplan M.B.A. program, NEWSWEEK Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Smith spoke with Jordan, who is senior managing director at the investment bank Lazard Freres. Excerpts: ...
  • Q&A: Corning's Comeback Ceo

    At many companies, Wendell Weeks might've been fired. In2001, Weeks was running Corning's fiber-optics business when the telecom market went bust. But instead of becoming the fall guy, Weeks managed through the sales drop--and in 2005, Corning's board promoted him to CEO. In the latest installment of a series of leadership interviews conducted for the Kaplan University-NEWSWEEK M.B.A. program, NEWSWEEK Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Smith spoke with Weeks about Corning's turnaround: ...
  • The Diamond Dealer

    Tis the season, as TV ads remind us, when husbands should head to the mall to buy shiny gems for their wives as a sign of their love. But if that mall has a theater showing "Blood Diamond," which opened last weekend, some shoppers may reconsider. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is a fictionalized account of diamond smuggling in war-torn Sierra Leone during the 1990s. In the first of a series of leadership interviews conducted for the Kaplan University-NEWSWEEK M.B.A. program, NEWSWEEK Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Smith spoke with 36-year-old Jonathan Oppenheimer--a director of De Beers Group, which controls 40 percent of the world's diamond trade--about managing the controversy--and the family company. ...
  • To Our Readers

    Let me give you the good news and bad news all at once. In 2006 the world economy proved it could weather $78 oil. This is good because it shows the global economy is more resilient than we thought, and bad because it means oil is now far less likely to slip back into the $20s. By the fall, the OPEC cartel was defending a price of $55 to $60 a barrel. Make no mistake, we have entered a new era of energy. That's why this Special Edition of NEWSWEEK, the latest in our series on big issues of the year ahead, produced in cooperation with the World Economic Forum for its annual Davos summit, focuses on energy.Of course, prices were trending down as we went to press and could continue to do so in early '07, but that won't stop change. Even at $30 to $40, many ventures that were once prohibitively expensive suddenly start to make sense. Among our many notable guest authors, Daniel Yergin, the Pulitzer Prize winner, writes that he has never seen such an explosion of investment and...

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