Thor Bjorgolfsson: back from the brink

BIZ LIFE Thor Bjorgolfsson Chairman of Novator Credit: David Parry/ FT
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The Icelander who played a lead role in his country’s boom and bust

CEO, Andrew Mackenzie of BHP Billiton. Photographed in London.
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Andrew Mackenzie: simplicity equals truth

The Scottish scientist on his radical reshaping of BHP Billiton

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas photographed at the company's Sydney HQ
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Alan Joyce: piloting Qantas to profit

Australian airline’s CEO has delivered a hard-won turnround

Rakesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer of Reckitt Benckiser.
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Rakesh Kapoor: no hugs for meeting target

Reckitt Benckiser CEO drives its cost cutting and innovation hard

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Andy Palmer: Aston Martin’s repair man

Local lad who returned after hitting ‘Ghosn ceiling’ at Nissan

Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, talks about his experiences running Adobe the company's main offices in San Jose, California, Wednesday, January, 14, 2015. Thor Swift for the Financial Times
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Shantanu Narayen: Adobe’s acrobat

How the software maker’s analytical chief vaulted into the cloud

Fleming Ornskov, CEO of Shire Pharmaceuticals. Photograph: Rosie HallamApprentice Winner Tom Pellereau Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Flemming Ornskov, Shire: life post-AbbVie

Pharma boss says he is not bitter about withdrawal of $55bn bid

Ross McEwan, CEO of RBS. Photographed at their Bishopsgate headquarters, London.
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Ross McEwan: leading RBS’s retreat

Amateur cattle farmer tends dwindling herd of bankers

Yan Jiehe, CPCG: China’s debt collector

The tycoon says suing local governments helps rule of law

Anne Stausboll, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS...Anne Stausboll, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS, talks about her roll in leading the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), which manages the health and retirement benefits for 1.6 million California public employees and retirees, at her office in Sacramento, California, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Thor Swift for the Financial Times
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Anne Stausboll, Calpers: the $300bn woman

The mighty US pension fund boss squeezing fund managers’ fees

Martin Franklin: a repentant raider

The Briton has built a consumer goods empire in the US

Masahiko Uotani: from Coke to cosmetics

The Shiseido CEO on the task of rejuvenating the Japanese group

Ruben Vardanian: a grumbling optimist

The banker and philanthropist says Russia has faced worse storms

Patrizia Grieco: agent for change in Italy

The chair of the biggest Italian utility is outside the clubby norm of corporate and political life

Jeremy Helsby: beyond country houses

The CEO of estate agent Savills remains a London property bull

Senequier: A French financier’s burden

A leading private equity boss feels hampered by nationality, writes Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Ed Richards: Master of a balancing act

The UK media watchdog’s head on the Murdochs, the BBC and impartiality

Murata makes it big in small components

The president of Murata Manufacturing discusses a post-smartphone future

Jeremy Male: the billboard goes digital

CEO takes CBS’s old outdoor advertising arm into 21st century

Acciona’s establishment eco-warrior

Spanish conglomerate boss does not regret costly bet on renewables

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