Leaders on Leadership. Past Programs. Season Two
201: Nick Scheele, President of Ford Motor Company
During his almost 40 years with Ford Motor Company, he's held senior leadership positions in Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Queen Elizabeth knighted him for leading the global revitalization of Jaguar Motor Cars. And today, he is a top member of the team leading Ford Motor Company out of some very difficult times for the entire industry.
202: Dick Dauch, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of American Axle and Manufacturing
They said it was an impossible challenge...but they were wrong. After 30 years of leading manufacturing operations, he retired - then purchased the 100 year-old General Motors Axle Making business complete with disillusioned employees. Today that business is a world class competitor with consistent profitability. Additionally, he is leading the debate on national policy issues relating to manufacturing.
203: Dieter Zetsche, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler Group, part 1
When two companies become one firm, either through merger or acquisition, the leaders of the new firm face a formidable challenge. Our guest is meeting that challenge across two continents and cultures in a weak global economy and facing hyper-competition.
204: Dieter Zetsche, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler Group, part 2
205: Carl Camden, President and Chief Operating Officer of Kelly Services
Imagine leading a $4 billion, Fortune 500 company, employing 700,000 workers each year in 27 countries - but almost all those employees work in other companies' buildings, doing other companies' work.
206: Ken Whipple, Chairman of CMS Energy
After a 40-year career as a leader in the automotive industry, many would choose to take it easy. But not our guest! He's changed industries and is now leading a major power utility company out of crisis.
207: Florine Mark, Chairman and CEO of The WW Group
She turned a personal challenge into a business opportunity. She created and is leading a multi-national franchise. And as an entrepreneur, she is celebrated for her unwavering commitment to public service and for her support for women in business.
208: Richard Dugas, President and CEO of Pulte Homes
Home building has always been a very traditional industry. But those days are gone. Our guest today is leading the way as all aspects of its basic business model undergo very large and very rapid change. Richard Dugas, President and CEO of Pulte Homes, joins Larry Fobes.
209: Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment
In the late 70's, a young man joined the Detroit Pistons organization, and quickly became its CEO. Since then, he has revolutionized the industry by developing a comprehensive sports and entertainment company that is the business model to emulate. Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment.
210: Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan
Leaders in the public and private sectors share many of the same challenges. When our guest assumed her current job, just two years ago, she faced ethical and funding issues not to mention a pre-existing legal question in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan.
211: Steve Strome, Chairman and CEO, Handleman Group
The music industry thrives on change...new styles, new artists, and in today's world, new ways to purchase the music. Keeping ahead of the changes is the challenge, particularly when you're running one of the largest music distribution and marketing companies in the world. Steve Strome, Chairman and CEO, Handleman Group.
212: Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
A symphony orchestra has TWO leaders. The music director who LEADS on stage, and the business director, who LEADS off stage. Yet with a shrinking customer base and reduced funding from traditional sources, some believe now is the time for fundamental changes in the way the business of classical music functions. Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
213: Kurt Darrow
Here's the challenge. On one hand you have a very traditional, American furniture icon. On the other hand you have a new generation of consumers raised on M-TV, X-Treme Sports and the Internet. How do you maintain your loyal customer base that has made the firm so successful for over 75 years, and expand sales to new customer groups? Kurt Darrow, President and CEO of La-Z-Boy Incorporated.
214: David Brandon
Domino's is a recognized world leader in the delivery of great pizza to its customers. Now that it's become a publicly held company, it must also deliver great financial results to its stockholders. David A. Brandon, Chairman and CEO of Domino's Pizza.
215: Don Barden
5/8 & 5/11
Leadership means taking a gamble and our guest today has indisputably hit the jackpot. He made his mark by being one of the early - and very successful - entrepreneurs in cable television. Those profits funded his entry into the gaming industry, and today he is the first and only African-American to own a national network of casinos. Don Barden, Chairman and CEO of the Barden Companies.
216: Donald Coleman
5/15 & 5/18
It began as a 1 man start-up company. 17 years later, it has grown into the first and largest minority owned, full-service marketing house in the country. Donald Coleman, Chairman and CEO of the GlobalHue Advertising Agency.
217: Cindy Pasky
5/22 & 5/25
It's a true American success story. In only 16 years, a one-person IT consulting and staffing firm has grown into a company that operates in a dozen states, three countries, and is frequently cited as a model employer. Cynthia Pasky, Founder, President, and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions.
218: Mary Ellen Sheets
5/29 & 6/1
The original two men were her sons and the truck was one they used for a part time summer job. Today it's the largest, local moving franchise system in the nation. Mary Ellen Sheets, founder and CEO of Two Men and a Truck.