Monday, August 28, 2006

News Analysis - $100 Million Locomotive: GE's Calhoun Couples Up with VNU to Haul B2B Media's Future

VNU's new ownership has moved to put in an aggressive management team focused on transforming the Dutch publishing giant into a high-efficiency engine of profits. At the head one now finds David Calhoun, spirited away from General Electric's Industrial division. A locomotive man at the head of this train is probably not a bad idea given the strength and vision that's required to lift leading B2B media companies into higher levels of performance. With Michael Marchesano and Robert Krakoff pulling their portion of the freight VNU has assembled a powerful team that will have a lot to prove and much to transform in the months ahead.

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