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  1. June 30, 2011

    20 questions: Jeremy Newman

    ...find it difficult to identify myself with people I admire. Business people I’ve admired are Lord Browne at BP and Percy Barnevik at ABB. Describe your ideal deputy. Robust, confident, prepared to stand up to me, to take responsibility and get things... By Emma Jacobs

  2. June 8, 2009

    The GE man who generated a buzz

    ...reckons. Since its flirtation with bankruptcy in 2002-2003 in the aftermath of breakneck expansion under the charismatic Percy Barnevik, ABB had become intensely collegial at the top. Most key executives are company veterans and appear genuinely to get on... By Haig Simonian

  3. June 5, 2009

    Joe Hogan generates a buzz

    ...reckons. Since its flirtation with bankruptcy in 2002-2003 in the aftermath of breakneck expansion under the charismatic Percy Barnevik, ABB had become intensely collegial at the top. Most key executives are company veterans and appear genuinely to get on. So... By Haig Simonian

  1. February 28, 2009

    Chief executives have history of victory in pension fights

    ...litigation and clean-up expenses caused the Swiss-Swedish group to report a heavy loss and lay off 12,000 workers. Mr Barnevik accepted responsibility for the group's problems and sold off his shares, antique book collection and luxury flat to raise... By Samantha Pearson

  2. February 27, 2009

    Chiefs have history of keeping pensions

    ...seem to offer the only chance of success. In 2002, Percy Barnevik felt moved to pay back more than half of his SFr148m (£88...group to report a heavy loss and lay off 12,000 workers. Mr Barnevik accepted responsibility for the group’s problems and sold... By Samantha Pearson

  3. October 31, 2007

    Michael Demaré: How ABB learned to love Sarbanes-Oxley

    ...was among the world’s most admired companies under Percy Barnevik, its “visionary” boss. Expansion and diversification...model fell apart. By the beginning of the new decade, Mr Barnevik was out and ABB was fighting for its life. Rebuilding the... By Haig Simonian

  4. October 31, 2007

    How ABB learned to love Sarbanes-Oxley

    ...was among the world's most admired companies under Percy Barnevik, its "visionary" boss. Expansion and diversification thrived...model fell apart. By the beginning of the new decade, Mr Barnevik was out and ABB was fighting for its life. Rebuilding the... By Haig Simonian

  5. October 2, 2007

    Speaking English is harder than you think

    ...will find it hard to pick it up again. You worry constantly that you have missed or misunderstood something. In 1991 Percy Barnevik, the leader of giant Swiss-Swedish conglomerate ABB, told the Harvard Business Review that fluency in English was a requirement... By Michael Skapinker

  6. October 1, 2007

    Speaking English is harder than you think

    ...will find it hard to pick it up again. You worry constantly that you have missed or misunderstood something. In 1991 Percy Barnevik, the leader of giant Swiss-Swedish conglomerate ABB, told the Harvard Business Review that fluency in English was a requirement... By Michael Skapinker

  7. September 28, 2007

    How to decide between hands-on and arm’s-length

    ...a failure to create effective systems of managerial self-control. Yet the art of leadership knows few fast rules. Percy Barnevik – the quintessential hands-off leader who shepherded ABB to a decade of success in the 1990s – would occasionally step...

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