How to Parachute in as the New Chief Executive Officer

How to land, and hit the ground running, as the new CEO

Being a new CEO can be an awkward position to be in. New CEOs must establish immediate trust, quickly gain a pulse on the company, and often re-tune the company to fit their personal playbook. Learn Michele Bettencourt’s approach in this exclusive Athena Salon, available for the first-time to the public.

Michele has served on corporate and non-profit boards, served as CEO and Director of multiple private and public companies, and created more than $3B of shareholder value. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Sam and Devorah Foundation for Trans Youth and on the board of trustees of the Fielding Graduate University. Michelle is currently the CEO of He Said/She Said Productions who released the award-winning documentary “Beautiful Lie”. In 2005, she received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Silicon Valley, and she has even pressed the NASDAQ closing buzzer and rung the NYSE closing bell.

Michele Bettencourt

“I’ve told everyone, I want a 30-minute conversation, one on one. I don’t really want to talk about work. I want to talk about why you’re here, what compelled you to join, where are you from, how do you spend your time when you’re not working, what’s the best thing about this company. Then if you could fix one thing here, what would it be, and why would it be that one thing? In a half-hour, I get so much data, and then I stop talking, and I let them ask me a lot of questions.”

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