May 5, 2014 |
The questions can be key. After all, most chief executives have interviewed many job candidates over the years. Most said they use the interview to look beyond the resumé and learn about the candidates as people: what challenges them, how they have managed to overcome obstacles, how they build a team, and how they work with one. When a potential hire interviews with the CEO, his or her ability to do the job is a given. Whether that person shares the company's values and will mesh into the company culture is more important.
May 2, 2014
A botched lethal injection in Oklahoma Tuesday left a condemned man convulsing for nearly 45 minutes before he died, suggesting officials need to do far more than tinker with the machinery of death. The horrific scene was the latest evidence that the nation's clinical approach to execution can prove as gruesome as a hanging, and stand as an affront to the constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. But the troubling means of execution is only a corollary to the greater threat that - due to fatal flaws and inequities in the death penalty's application - the wrong person might be strapped to the gurney.
April 25, 2014 |
George Rubin, vice chairman and former president of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), is stepping down from the firm at the end of May. According to a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rubin will receive "approximately $2.6 million with his departure. " Rubin, 70, is the brother of PREIT's executive chairman, Ronald Rubin. He has been an officer of the commercial real estate company since 1997, when it merged with the Rubin Organization, a family-owned firm founded by Richard I. Rubin, father to George and Ronald.
April 22, 2014 |
Sue Schick, 52, president of UnitedHealthcare Pennsylvania and Delaware, claims she was mortified last month when, in the process of honoring her with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Paradigm Award, the master of ceremonies read entries from her seventh-grade yearbook. She shouldn't have been. The yearbook showed early evidence of the leadership abilities that prompted the chamber to name her 2014's top female business executive. "In the Girl Scout cookie sales, we didn't think we could surpass the previous year," Schick recalled.
April 20, 2014 |
Robert Hesse Jr., 91, of Gwynedd Valley, a Philadelphia printing-company executive and community volunteer, died Tuesday, April 15, of respiratory failure at a retirement community in Medford. After a career in the graphic arts, Mr. Hesse retired in 1986 from the Winchell Printing Co. as executive vice president in charge of sales. At the time, Winchell was one of the largest printing firms in Philadelphia, with 300 employees. It was sold and later closed in 1994. Mr. Hesse, whose last name rhymes with Bessie, was born in Abington.
April 18, 2014
IN THE HIERARCHY of saints, martyrs are on the highest rung of the celestial ladder, at least for me. While I love St. Bernadette with her story of mystical vision, it's St. Maria Goretti - the child who surrendered her life to protect her purity - who animates my faith. St. Therese of Lisieux is an example of the glory we can find in small things but the Little Flower doesn't inspire me like Joan of Arc, who died in a maelstrom of fire. And while St. Francis of Assisi with his gentle ways is a hero to our current, beloved pope, I'm drawn to St. Sebastian, a Roman soldier who paid for his conversion to Christ in a barrage of piercing arrows.
March 30, 2014 |
Robert F. Eisele, 88, of Churchville, a former Philadelphia and New York advertising executive, died Saturday, March 22, of lymphoma at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. Mr. Eisele worked in industrial advertising for many years, starting with Disston Saw Works in Philadelphia. After a brief period spent as a copywriter for the Evening Bulletin and the ad agency Erwin, Wasey, Ruthrauff & Ryan, he became an ad manager for several Philadelphia industrial corporations. Later, Mr. Eisele commuted from his home in Glenside to FMC Corp., a chemical pump maker with New York offices.
March 26, 2014 |
Robert P. Strauss, 82, a former Bryn Mawr resident and Pep Boys Auto Stores executive, died of causes related to aging Thursday, March 20, at his retirement home in Manalapan, Fla. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Merion, Mr. Strauss graduated from Episcopal Academy. A standout athlete, he led the school in varsity basketball and was chosen an All-Philadelphia player in 1948 and 1949. He went to Duke University on an athletic scholarship and was coached by the legendary Red Auerbach, who went on to fame as coach of the Boston Celtics.
March 21, 2014 |
AS FAR AS Bill Platt was concerned, there's a right way of doing things and a wrong way, and anything in between is suspect. And Bill didn't hesitate to call out anyone who violated this principle, be it politicians, government officials, greedy business executives, incompetent doctors or referees and umpires with vision problems. He would fire off an angry letter with the slightest provocation, making it unquestionably clear how he felt about anyone who didn't abide by his code of honor and responsibility.