Consumer Confidential: Millionaire CEOs Should Support a Living Wage for Fast-Food Workers

Business leaders have every right to voice concerns about a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Anything that could cut into profits is a legitimate worry for companies. But the spectacle of millionaire CEOs opposing a living wage for their workers serves only to highlight the obscene income gap between those at the top and everyone else whose contributions help keep the corporate wheels turning. Sally Smith, chief executive of the restaurant...

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Power Lunch: A Conversation With Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of Bethel-Based GW Plastics
Jul29

Power Lunch: A Conversation With Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of Bethel-Based GW Plastics

Over a lunch of sandwiches, potato chips and cookies, Brenan Riehl, the CEO and president of GW Plastics, said the key to his company’s growth and success in the high-tech contract manufacturing field is being close to his customers, wherever they are. For a few minutes, after entering the GW Plastics manufacturing facility in Bethel, I thought I had been transported to a high-technology engineering plant in Switzerland: Tall,...

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Japanese Tech Firm Offers Childlike Robot With ‘Heart’
Jun21

Japanese Tech Firm Offers Childlike Robot With ‘Heart’

Urayasu, Japan — Technology company Softbank’s Pepper robot went on sale in Japan on Saturday, equipped with a “heart” designed to not only recognize human emotions but react with simulations of anger, joy and irritation. The robot, which has no legs and moves on wheels, was shown to reporters and guests at a Tokyo area theater Thursday. It has a hairless head and moving arms and went through a year of software development after first...

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Media Moguls Rule Best-Paid CEO List
May31

Media Moguls Rule Best-Paid CEO List

New York — They’re not Hollywood stars, they’re not TV personalities and they don’t play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league. Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. The best-paid chief executive of a large American company was David Zaslav, head of Discovery Communications,...

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Stephen Theroux: A conversation with the president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Bank
Apr28

Stephen Theroux: A conversation with the president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Bank

Over a lunch of fresh lobster club and crisp fries, Stephen Theroux, president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Bank, explains why he wants to make sure that, as the community bank he leads gets bigger, it must also remain small. With just 16 to 18 percent of the banking industry’s assets, community banks account for more than 46 percent of all loans to farms and small businesses in America. As Stephen Theroux and I settle down to lunch at...

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