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Corner Office from Marketplace

Kai Ryssdal’s Conversations from the Corner Office® brings you inside the room with the business leaders transforming our economy, our culture and our daily lives. You'll hear in-depth conversations with everyone from Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss to JPMorgan Chase head Jamie Dimon to RuPaul.

Episodes

  • RERUN: Jamie Dimon on what keeps him up at night

    Apr 10 2019

    Jamie Dimon led JPMorgan Chase & Co. through the financial crisis. Today, it’s the largest bank in the United States, managing nearly $3 trillion – more than the gross domestic product of several countries. Now, though, he’s more worried about cyber security. And yes, he does know what he wants to do when he (eventually) retires.This interview was originally released October 3, 2018

  • The IMF's Christine Lagarde knows you're anxious about the future

    Mar 27 2019

    One of the few women leading global economic policy today is Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund. She says the biggest problems of our day, from cyberthreats to climate change, can't be solved "by turning inwards, by looking at your belly button." She describes herself as part architect, part firefighter and explains why she thinks banks would be better off if more of them had female CEOs.

  • How Duolingo's CEO harnessed our game addiction for good

    Mar 13 2019

    You already know Luis von Ahn's work. He helped create CAPTCHA, the technology that helps control spam on the internet and crowd-sources humans to help computers read and digitize old text. In 2012, he co-founded Duolingo, a free language learning app. To him, the app was meant to solve "this mismatch where most of the people trying to learn a language didn't have $1,000, whereas the software that would teach you a language cost about $1,000." Von Ahn says there are now more Americans learning o...more

  • Why no Wall Street CEO went to jail after the financial crisis

    Feb 26 2019

    Millions of people lost their homes, their jobs and their savings during the financial crisis. The resulting recession destroyed over $30 trillion of the world's wealth. Although the crisis grew out of big banks’ handling of mortgage-backed securities, no Wall Street CEO served time for it. So what happened? We spent the past year reporting on how the crisis changed America, and this was the question we were asked the most. On this special episode of Corner Office, we have the answer.

  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on manufacturing in America today

    Feb 11 2019

    Dennis Muilenburg started as an intern at Boeing in 1985 and never left. The aerospace company is America's largest exporter, the Defense Department's second-biggest contractor, and since Muilenburg became CEO, its annual revenue topped $100 billion for the first time. We visited the company's headquarters in Chicago to talk with Muilenburg about biking 10,000 miles a year, his differences with the president, and why manufacturing in America today is “harder than it’s ever been."

  • Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer talks about changing the tire shopping experience

    Jan 23 2019

    If you own a car, then you know that taking it to the shop can be a pain. But the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company wants to make it easier to understand how the rubber — literally  — meets the road. One of the largest tire companies in the world, Goodyear has been around for over 100 years. Chairman and CEO Rich Kramer tells us although tires haven't changed much, consumer behaviors and technology have.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • Inside the business of basketball with Los Angeles Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss

    Jan 02 2019

    The Los Angeles Lakers are more than just a basketball team. They are also a global brand worth $3.3 billion, one of the most successful franchises in the NBA and fundamentally an entertainment company with outsized influence. Lately though, the team has struggled to deliver on the court, missing the playoffs five years in a row. Back in October, we drove across town to the Los Angeles Lakers' new headquarters in El Segundo, California, to talk with CEO and co-owner Jeanie Buss. She showed Marke...more

  • SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell says we'll be on Mars within 10 years

    Dec 12 2018

    SpaceX may be the face of the private space industry now, but it wasn't always that way. In the 16 years since its founding, the company went from curious newcomer to leading the sector. And the reason? It's made a business out of building and launching affordable, reusable rockets, attracting clients like NASA who use SpaceX rockets to get their devices into space. Elon Musk may be the company's founder and CEO, but Gwynne Shotwell has been the company's chief operating officer for over a decad...more

  • Glassdoor CEO says where you work is one of the most important decisions of your life

    Dec 05 2018

    Glassdoor is one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites. It’s probably best known as a place where you can rate your employer and get salary information for different companies. Before co-founding Glassdoor, chief executive Robert Hohman started his career as a software developer at Microsoft and was one of the earliest employees to work on Microsoft Expedia Travel Services, an online travel platform that would later become Expedia. Hohman sat down with us to talk about why he became in...more

  • AEG CEO says the company is recession resistant

    Nov 14 2018

    AEG is an international sports and entertainment company. It owns and operates, or is affiliated with, more than 120 of the world's biggest venues and entertainment districts, such as the O2 Arena in London, Mercedes-Platz in Berlin, the Barclays Center and PlayStation Theater in New York, and the Staples Center and L.A. Live in Los Angeles. We went out to L.A. Live, a sports and entertainment district that is about a mile and a half away from Marketplace headquarters, to talk to Dan Beckerman, ...more

  • Kaiser Permanente's CEO on the evolution of health care

    Nov 07 2018

    It’s open enrollment time for health care plans, so we're talking to Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, one of the country’s largest health care and hospital organizations. He sat down with us to explain the dilemma of health insurance costs and what patients are getting with their coverage. “There are two parts to the affordability that I think about all the time,” Tyson said. “The affordability of coverage and the affordability of care. Those are two very different things.”

  • Why Charles Schwab's CEO strives for “less revenue per dollar.”

    Oct 31 2018

    At the dawn of the financial crisis, Walt Bettinger took over as president and CEO of Charles Schwab from the company's founder and namesake. "It was an intense period. At that point in time, your actions weren't likely to change the trajectory of your company," Bettinger said. But under his leadership, he did change one of America's largest banks, taking it to an even larger scale. With millions of new accounts holding trillions of dollars, the company has seen record growth and earnings. He sa...more

  • Why RuPaul is the 'Queen of Queens'

    Oct 23 2018

    It's hard to think about about the term "drag queen" and not think of RuPaul. He is probably best known for hosting "RuPaul's Drag Race" (for which he's won three Emmys, including this year's award for best reality TV competition), but he's also created an industry out of the drag world, which he's been a part of for over three decades. "I've earned the right to say I am definitely the Queen of Queens," RuPaul said. "I'm the most famous drag queen in the world. I'm the most famous drag queen eve...more

  • The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright isn't afraid of growing too fast

    Oct 17 2018

    Would you buy a used luxury brand handbag? Maybe a watch or some shoes? Think Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, to name just a few. Julie Wainwright, CEO of The RealReal, knows pre-owned luxury goods are a big market, which led her to start her company. “We should be over a billion [dollars in sales] next year if we do our job right,” Wainwright told us during a tour of her e-commerce center in Secaucus, New Jersey.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon doesn't think he has too much power in this economy

    Oct 03 2018

    Jamie Dimon has been at the helm of JPMorgan Chase since 2005. As the largest bank in the United States, it manages nearly $3 trillion — more than the gross domestic product of several countries. Dimon is also the longest-serving chief executive on Wall Street. “It is a scary place to be,” he told Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal. Ryssdal spoke with Dimon about a wide range of issues, including interest rates, wages and the financial crisis.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • Who is Michael Ovitz?

    Sep 26 2018

    You may not know the name Michael Ovitz, but you almost certainly know his work. For years, he was one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, the deal-making talent agent behind "Jurassic Park," "Ghostbusters," "Tootsie," "Rain Man" and "Schindler's List," to name a few. Creative Artists Agency, the talent agency he co-founded and ran for two decades, represents Hollywood A-listers like Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Tom Hanks. Ovitz tells us how the practice of "packaging" talent together ...more

  • NerdWallet wants to help you with finance

    Sep 19 2018

    It started with a simple Google search to compare credit cards, but when nothing helpful turned up, an idea was born. Tim Chen is the founder and CEO of NerdWallet, a financial advice website with more than 100 million yearly users. While struggling to compare credit cards online, he got the idea for a website with all types of financial advice and products. He told Kai Ryssdal that the idea resonated with millennials because “millennials are just used to comparing things. Even college professor...more

  • Chegg CEO on shifting the company from textbooks to digital

    Sep 05 2018

    When Dan Rosensweig took over as CEO of Chegg back in 2010, the company was mainly known for textbook rentals. The Chegg of today looks a little different. The company went public in 2013 and transitioned into subscription-based tools likes bibliography services, AI paper editors and tutors. We sat down with Rosensweig to talk about what it was like to lead the company through that transition and where a company like Chegg fits into the education landscape of today.

  • Who's the next great startup founder? Venture capitalists want to know.

    Aug 29 2018

    Venture capital can turn a person with a great idea into a person that runs a company. “We are looking at companies and technology well before everyone else recognizes what it is and where it’s going,” says Ann Miura-Ko, co-founding partner at the VC firm Floodgate. She was an early investor in Lyft, TaskRabbit, Refinery29, ModCloth and more, and she's on the show this week telling us what venture capitalists do and their role in closing tech's diversity gap.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcas...more

  • The men's fashion company that's part apparel, part big data

    Aug 15 2018

    Subscription box services may be the big apparel movement right now, but tech and data are allowing at least one company to go in a very different direction: custom tailoring. Colin Hunter is the CEO and co-founder of high-end men's fashion company Alton Lane, and his goal is to make that retail experience personal — like, really personal. His company uses body scanners to get your body measurements in a matter of seconds, which are then sent to fabric makers who construct garments to order (whi...more

  • Movie theater subscription service Sinemia is determined to make it work

    Aug 01 2018

    You’ve probably heard of MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticket service — yeah, the one having a lot of problems recently. Sinemia offers a similar ticket plan through their mobile app, but with a different business model. It's not a household name yet in North America, but Sinemia's expanded to Canada, Australia, the U.K. and now the U.S. Founder and CEO Rifat Oguz moved the company to Los Angeles last year, and he told us how he plans to make the movie subscription business work.Subscr...more

  • The CEO who killed Archie and brought the brand back to life

    Jul 25 2018

    Archie has always been a part of Jon Goldwater's life. His father, John, co-created the iconic character and the rest of the Riverdale gang. But under the younger Goldwater's tenure as co-CEO, the "Archie" of today looks pretty different from the "Archie" of yesteryear. From introducing the series' first openly gay main character, to Archie's infamous death, to the hit television show "Riverdale," Goldwater has ushered the "Archie" brand through a tremendous overhaul. Marketplace host Kai Ryssda...more

  • RERUN: Travel tips from the CEO of Marriott, Arne Sorenson

    Jul 04 2018

    Arne Sorenson is only the third CEO in Marriott's history and the first not to have "Marriott" as his surname. In 2016, he oversaw the company's multi-billion dollar merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, making Marriott the largest hotel chain in the world by far. Sorenson joined host Kai Ryssdal from the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in New York City to talk about how the travel ban has affected his business, that open letter he wrote to Donald Trump, why he hopes tax reform comes soon, what hot...more

  • The CEO of Zillow says we're missing millions of homes (thanks to the recession)

    Jun 20 2018

    Spencer Rascoff has been at Zillow, the company familiar to many a person searching for a home or apartment, pretty much from the beginning. Since 2005, he's weathered the housing crisis and another housing boom. And as CEO, he's leading the real estate/tech/data company into a new market: buying and selling its own homes. He talked with us about where the housing market's been and where it's going. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • Behind every Dunkin' Donut stands this CEO

    Jun 13 2018

    Nigel Travis has run Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins as CEO of Dunkin' Brands since 2009. And he's as surprised as the rest of us at the resurgence of doughnuts. In this interview, Travis talks about how his background in human resources makes him a better CEO, why it's so difficult to find employees these days, and the No. 1 thing people like to buy with their doughnut (the answer will probably surprise you). Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • MPAA CEO Charlie Rivkin isn't worried about peak content, Trump, or your fractured attention span

    Jun 06 2018

    Charlie Rivkin took over as the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America in late 2017. He is perhaps uniquely qualified for the role running the trade and lobbying organization for the Hollywood film industry; he worked in entertainment, including a stint as the CEO of The Jim Henson Co. before serving as an ambassador to France, followed by time as an Assistant Secretary at the State Department under President Obama. In an interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal, Rivkin talked about...more

  • The James Beard Foundation CEO has a plan to get more women running restaurants

    May 30 2018

    Foodies will know the James Beard Foundation as a nonprofit that supports the culinary arts through scholarships, chef programs, and the James Beard Awards, sometimes referred to as the Oscars for chefs, restaurants, and cookbook authors. This year's awards were a first for Clare Reichenbach, the organization's new CEO. They were also notable for including more women and people of color than ever before. It was considered a bright spot after months of #MeToo allegations against some high profile...more

  • Qualcomm CEO on making the technology that powers your mobile world

    May 23 2018

    Whether you're familiar with Qualcomm or not, you probably use their product (especially if you're reading this on your mobile device). The 30-something year old tech company makes the chips that help power the cellular technology we use today, found in iPhones and Androids alike. They've been in the news recently because some of the business they do in China could be at risk if the Trump administration escalates a threatened trade war. But as CEO Steven Mollenkopf explains, the most important a...more

  • Bob Iger on keeping Disney creative, streaming and Grey's Anatomy (from the archives)

    May 09 2018

    Bob Iger was less than two years into his role as CEO of Disney in 2007 when he sat down with us to talk about running one of the most well-known companies in the world. But even then, Iger was thinking about making some bold moves that would shape the company's future. For the first time, hear their extended conversation about why Iger wanted to buy Pixar, his reasons for experimenting with streaming early, and who Iger wanted to work with next (including George Lucas).  Subscribe to the Corner...more

  • The PGA Tour commissioner wants to see your selfies

    Apr 25 2018

    Golf is hundreds of years old, and even today, it’s known more for its traditions than memes. And that makes for a tricky proposition for Jay Monahan, the newish PGA Tour commissioner. “Five years ago, when you came to a PGA tournament, we didn’t let you bring your cellphone on site," he said. Monahan talks with us about bringing social media onto the green, competing against other sports like football and what it’s like when your biggest stars are essentially freelancers.  Subscribe to the Corn...more

  • White Castle CEO: plant-based Impossible Sliders are "a natural evolution"

    Apr 11 2018

    White Castle announced this week that it will start serving the Impossible Slider, a traditional White Castle slider made by Impossible Foods, featuring their plant-based substance that mimics the taste and texture of ground beef — it even bleeds. CEO Lisa Ingram said the addition is about continuing to respond to consumer tastes. When vegetarians first started ordering sliders with only cheese and onions, the company updated its menu with veggie sliders. And now, a plant-based meat alternative....more

  • Today, second banana. Tomorrow, CEO?

    Mar 28 2018

    The chief operating officer could be called the "second banana" position to the CEO, but it's often seen as a stepping stone to that top job. And while the COO position is most commonly held by men in the United States, as with the CEO, there's been an uptick in the number of women taking that critical COO position at high-performing tech companies. That's according to Leigh Gallagher, editor at Fortune. She says think Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook. Could this be the beginning of a Silicon Valley ...more

  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on sanctions, taxes and President Trump's economic agenda

    Mar 14 2018

    He's not a CEO now, but he once was. Now Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has a pivotal role in our economy and in President Donald Trump's economic agenda. On Feb. 26, he talked with us on stage at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations about taxes, the deficit, strengthening the middle class, sanctions and more. You'll hear the audience, largely made up of students, reacting to what Mnuchin had to say — sometimes hissing, sometimes applauding. At the end, Mnuchin answered some of the...more

  • In a bid to lower prices, these hospitals are starting their own drug company

    Feb 28 2018

    In a unique deal, a handful of hospitals and clinics around the country are working together on something new: making their own pharmaceuticals. Their plan is to manufacture generic drugs that they say pharmaceutical companies charge too much for. Dr. Marc Harrison is the CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, one of the health systems involved. He talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about what convinced him to join the group, what he hopes the partnership will look like in five years and why he's w...more

  • Valentine's Day Double Feature: 1-800-Flowers and Edible Arrangements CEOs about their busiest weeks of the year (from the archives)

    Feb 14 2018

    You may or may not celebrate Valentine's Day, but it's still one of the busiest days — no, weeks — of the year for these CEOs and their companies. Jim McCann is the founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers, and when he talked with us back in 2014, he called this week the company's "Super Bowl." Then: Tariq Farid may have started his career as a florist, but he came up with a new business idea when he decided to use fruit instead of flowers and went on to found and run Edible Arrangements. He talked with...more

  • Warren Buffett on Jamie Dimon, a divided Congress and Oreos for breakfast (from the archives)

    Jan 31 2018

    Warren Buffett, of Berkshire Hathaway; Jeff Bezos, of Amazon; and Jamie Dimon, of JPMorgan Chase, announced they would form a health care company together. We thought it was a perfect time to revisit this interview.We talked with Buffett back in 2012 about Dimon, the business decisions he regrets, and yes, eating Oreos for breakfast. Buffett had recently released a book with Carol Loomis, a longtime financial journalist who had covered Buffett's career. She joined him for this interview. Subscri...more

  • BlackRock CEO wants companies to make a "positive contribution to society"

    Jan 18 2018

    Larry Fink, the CEO of the giant asset management company, BlackRock (think pensions and mutual funds), wrote an open letter to corporate CEOs about social responsibility. Specifically, about how companies shouldn't just think about profits, they also should be making a "positive contribution to society." It's kind of a big deal, coming from a guy running a company with $6 trillion in investments to manage. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Fink about why he wrote the letter and what he hopes will happe...more

  • Not everybody should own a home, and what housing of the future should look like

    Jan 17 2018

    Tim Mayopoulos joined Fannie Mae in 2009, shortly after the mortgage-backing company went into government conservatorship. He had left behind a career on Wall Street, where he worked for some of the biggest banks. Mayopoulos became CEO in 2012, but he says in the those early days at Fannie Mae during the financial crisis, "I wasn't sure things were actually going to be OK." He talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the crisis and the lingering effects it's had on Fannie Mae; why he's not convinced the ...more

  • What's a corporate board do anyway?

    Jan 03 2018

    You've probably heard of a corporate board, but what do they do exactly? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Jena McGregor at the Washington Post about what a corporate board can and can't do, what its real responsibility is and how it might be changing in this post #MeToo era. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • How this nonprofit helps women caught in a cycle of institutional abuse

    Dec 27 2017

    Susan Burton served six prison sentences in 17 years. Then she founded a nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated women stop the cycle that has them returning to prison again and again. Since 1998, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project has provided transitional housing and support services for over 900 women. Burton talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about her memoir, "Becoming Ms. Burton" which details how a lack of grief support services led to her spiral into addiction after the death of h...more

  • How The Home Depot became an e-commerce giant

    Dec 20 2017

    In the age of Amazon, The Home Depot (yes, it's The Home Depot) has managed to become one of the largest e-commerce companies in the U.S.  CEO Craig Menear tells Kai Ryssdal how a company known as the go-to place for remodeling your bathroom is transitioning to digital, and how growth doesn't always mean opening new brick-and-mortar stores. We also hear how, when your company operates in more than 220 retail categories, you end up with a lot of competitors.

  • How Condé Nast became an entertainment company

    Dec 13 2017

    Dawn Ostroff's last job was running The CW, which was then a newly launched network aimed at young people. A little over five years ago, she left Hollywood to join Condé Nast, the magazine publisher behind such titles as Vogue and Vanity Fair. As president of Condé Nast Entertainment, Ostroff was charged with figuring out how to turn published magazine articles into films and television shows and more than that, to figure out ways to turn Condé Nast from a print company into a digital media comp...more

  • A Hollywood producer and CEO talks about finding his niche in Christian films

    Dec 06 2017

    DeVon Franklin had been instrumental in developing Sony’s faith-based film branch with hits like “Heaven is for Real” and “Miracles from Heaven,” films that had small budgets but did well at the box office, much to the surprise of critics. He was at the height of his game when he told his boss, Amy Pascal, that he was quitting. He talked with us about starting his own company, Franklin Entertainment, and what it's like to produce faith-based films in a secular industry.

  • Build-A-Bear CEO says we'll always have toys to scare away the monsters

    Nov 27 2017

    When Sharon Price John was named the CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop in 2013, she was tasked with turning the DIY stuffed-animal retailer around. She talks to host Kai Ryssdal about what needed to change at the company, why she's not worried about technology replacing teddy bears and that time she launched her own toy company.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • What the Allstate CEO thinks about self-driving cars and a future of extreme weather

    Nov 22 2017

    The car and home insurance business isn't exactly known for breakneck innovation, but for Tom Wilson, the CEO of Allstate, the industry is full of change. The company's had to grapple with more severe weather in the past decade, like Hurricane Harvey, than in years past. Then there are self-driving cars — will the automakers be the ones liable if an automated vehicle gets into an accident? Wilson talks to host Kai Ryssdal about that and about the economy, tax reform and why he set Allstate's min...more

  • This health insurance CEO says the system is "complicated and it needs to be simplified"

    Nov 15 2017

    David Cordani, CEO of Cigna Health Insurance, acknowledges it's a tumultuous time to be running a health insurance company. But "it's energizing because there's so much need and opportunity to drive change," he says. Most of Cigna's business is in the employer insurance market, but it does operate on a couple of state health care exchanges. Cordani talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about how our health care system needs to change, why he wants to keep Cigna in the exchanges and why he sees t...more

  • Bill Ackman and the "honor" of activist investing

    Nov 06 2017

    Bill Ackman is the CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, but the companies he's probably most associated with are the ones he's investing in. As an activist investor, Ackman is known for buying a chunk of a company as a way to make changes to the company's board and the way the company's run. He's done versions of this at Target, JCPenney and Herbalife. His most recent project is ADP, the payroll processing company. He talks to host Kai Ryssdal about what he wants to have happen at ADP's bo...more

  • Yes, the Tyson Foods CEO has tried your plant-based protein

    Nov 01 2017

    ...And he loves it. Tom Hayes is less than a year into running Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat companies in the world. Besides its eponymous Tyson chicken, the company includes a number of other well known brands like Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and Ball Park. Since Hayes took over, Tyson has started selling antibiotic-free chickens and launched new initiatives around worker safety. He talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the benefits of being one of the biggest meat companies, the future of the ...more

  • Congress is not the only place national parks get their money

    Oct 25 2017

    The National Parks Service has its own fundraising arm, tasked with raising private money to keep the parks open and maintained. The National Park Foundation was established by Congress in 1967 in part through the efforts of Lady Bird Johnson and Laurance Rockefeller. CEO Will Shafroth has held the job since 2015. The National Park Foundation gave $126 million to the parks last year, boosting their annual budget of about $3 billion. Shafroth talked with us about why private funding is so importa...more

  • Getting more women into coding, one girl at a time

    Oct 18 2017

    Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code after running for Congress ... and losing. During her campaign, she toured a number of computer science classrooms and was puzzled at how rare it was to find women taking those courses. So she launched Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that introduces middle school and high school-aged girls to coding through after school clubs and summer programs. As the company's CEO, Saujani talks to host Kai Ryssdal about her elevator pitch to big tech CEOs, her goal to reach ...more

  • Hearst's Joanna Coles: magazines are a finger beckoning to the future

    Oct 11 2017

    Hearst Communications is a 130-year-old company best known for its magazines like Cosmo, Elle, and Esquire. A year ago, it appointed Joanna Coles, then the editor-in-chief of Cosmo, as the company's first ever Chief Content Officer. She talked with us about her career in journalism and why she thinks magazines will never go away.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson shares his travel tips

    Oct 04 2017

    Arne Sorenson is only the third CEO in Marriott's history and the first not to have "Marriott" as his surname. Last year, he oversaw the company's multibillion dollar merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, making Marriott the largest hotel chain in the world by far. Sorenson joined us from the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in New York City to talk about how the travel ban has affected his business, that open letter he wrote to Donald Trump, why he hopes tax reform comes soon, what hotels of the fu...more

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh

    Sep 27 2017

    Satya Nadella is only the third CEO at Microsoft. When he took over that from Steve Ballmer in 2014, the company seemed close to trouble. It had entirely missed out on the rise of the mobile phone, was lagging in cloud technology and just didn't seem as cool as competitors in the industry. Nadella's leadership seems to be working. He talks about his leadership philosophy and the personal experiences that have shaped him in his new book, "Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and ...more

  • What it's like to do business with family

    Sep 13 2017

    When Rebecca Minkoff asked her dad for a loan to expand her eponymous fashion brand, he said no. Instead, he told her to call her brother, Uri, who has a background in tech. That's how Rebecca and Uri Minkoff ended up running the luxury fashion brand together. They talk to host Kai Ryssdal about why they like using technology to augment the shopping experience, their strategy for overcoming retail's recent slump, and what it's actually like working with your brother or sister (there's corporate ...more

  • Chronicle Books is the quirky publisher that made a big bet on retail

    Aug 30 2017

    You've seen Chronicle Books whether you know it or not — they often pop up at unexpected retail outlets, like Sur La Table and Urban Outfitters. Tyrrell Mahoney is the newly appointed president of the company, but she's been with it for nearly two decades. She talks to host Kai Ryssdal about Chronicle Books' complicated relationship with Amazon, Grumpy Cat and the need for speed, and the flip side of selling your merchandise outside of a bookstore.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Appl...more

  • Why aren't there more female CEOs?

    Aug 16 2017

    The number of female CEOs may be higher today than it was 10 years ago, but it's still not great. And in the last couple of months, some high-profile female CEOs have been forced out of their jobs. Julie Creswell at the New York Times and Jena McGregor at the Washington Post have both written about why corporate America has been so slow to hire women for C-suite positions and what happens once women get to those positions.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • How the Boingo CEO gives you free Wi-Fi and makes money

    Aug 02 2017

    When David Hagan started at Boingo in 2001, the iPhone didn't exist, laptops didn't come with Wi-Fi chips and Boingo's airport Wi-Fi subscription fee was $74.95 a month. Today, the Wi-Fi company's networks are used by more than a billion people, and those users almost always expect that service to be free. Hagan talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about how Boingo figured out how to make money from free Wi-Fi, how the iPhone changed the industry and what he means when he says technology of th...more

  • Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount, reflects on her career in show business

    Jul 19 2017

    For a good long while, Sherry Lansing was the highest-ranking woman in the entertainment industry, both as the head of production at 20th Century Fox and then later as the CEO of Paramount. Under her tenure, Paramount saw huge success with "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart," "Titanic," "Saving Private Ryan" and the launch of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. We talked about her life and career, which is also documented in Stephen Galloway's new biography "Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making...more

  • Is it the golden age for cruising? Carnival's CEO thinks so

    Jun 21 2017

    It's officially summer, as you may have heard, so this week’s Corner Office is all about the business of vacations. Cruises, actually, under the umbrella of Carnival Corp. Carnival is one of the biggest travel and leisure companies in the world. Its brands include Carnival, of course, but also Princess and Holland America. This week, Kai talks with Arnold Donald, who’s been president and CEO of Carnival since 2013.

  • Yes, airports have CEOs too

    Jun 07 2017

    Los Angeles International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the country and the fourth-busiest airport in the world. Oh, and it's also in the middle of a multibillion dollar renovation project. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Deborah Flint, the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, about it. Wait, airports have CEOs? Yes, she had that question at first, too. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  • Mobile banking could ruin retail, or save it

    May 24 2017

    Venmo. Bitcoin. If there's one company that's become synonymous with digital money, it's PayPal. On this episode of the Corner Office, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Dan Schulman, the who became CEO of PayPal in 2014. They talked about the future of digital money, how PayPal keeps closes tabs on its users in order to prevent fraud and how mobile banking could change the landscape of small businesses. According to Schulman, mobile banking may not destroy brick-and-mortar stores but re-en...more

  • Redfin CEO on why he'll never be in it for the money again

    May 10 2017

    Glenn Kelman has been the CEO of Redfin since almost beginning of the online real estate brokerage. In this interview with Kai Ryssdal, Kelman talks about why technology hasn't disrupted the real estate market like it has other industries, what "Love in the Time of Cholera" has to do with his leadership style, and what he learned from his previous job at a tech startup."I started a software company with a couple other folks, it went public, we made plenty of money. And I thought it was this incr...more

  • Could we power our economy with old buildings?

    Apr 26 2017

    If we focused on preserving old buildings instead of building new ones, could we make our economy bigger and stronger? Stephanie Meeks is the CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit that protects historic sites in the United States. In this interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal, Meeks talks about why our economy needs old buildings, what types of places we need to do a better job protecting and how they prioritize what gets saved and what doesn't. Subscribe to the ...more

  • 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki on the collective power of health data

    Apr 19 2017

    You probably already know of 23andMe as the company that will analyze your DNA and then send you back a report on your ancestry. But whether or not you have a little bit of Neanderthal in your family tree is by far not the only thing your DNA can tell you. With new clearances from the Food and Drug Administration, 23andMe can now look at your genetic makeup and tell you your risk for some pretty widespread diseases, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's among them. Kai Ryssdal spoke with 23andMe CEO Anne ...more

  • We asked the CEO of H&R Block who does his taxes

    Apr 12 2017

    Bill Cobb has a background in tech and spent years working for eBay. So it might be no surprise that as the CEO of H&R Block, he's partnered with IBM Watson this tax season. He talks about running a seasonal business, the kind of tax reform he'd like to see and who does his taxes. This interview was originally part of Marketplace's Make Me Smart, a new podcast hosted by Kai Ryssdal and senior tech correspondent Molly Wood. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.Subscribe to Make Me...more

  • Donna Karan reflects on her fashion journey

    Mar 22 2017

    In 2015, fashion icon Donna Karan stepped down from her role as chief designer of Donna Karan International and released a memoir, "My Journey," about her career and personal life. She talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about why fashion designers need to talk to their customers more; the person who advised her to get into fragrance; and the one item every man and woman should have in their wardrobe. Enjoy this interview from the Marketplace archives. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast o...more

  • TaskRabbit is what work will look like in the future, CEO says

    Mar 16 2017

    Stacy Brown-Philpot took over as CEO at TaskRabbit less than a year ago. Today, she's announcing that the on-demand chore and handyman service will double the number of cities it operates in over the next six months. The first five include Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Brown-Philpot also talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the changing nature of work and why she thinks working for companies like TaskRabbit is the future.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Uncertainty over Trump's travel ban is a cloud for the industry, Expedia CEO says

    Mar 01 2017

    In this episode of Corner Office, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia and an Iranian immigrant, talks about Trump's travel ban and the travel industry. "Companies don't like uncertainty, travelers don't like uncertainty," Khosrowshahi said. Also, how Ticketmaster helped him convince Barry Diller to get into the online travel business and why those cheap United airline tickets might be a good thing for Expedia.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Interscope Geffen A&M CEO says industry has got to figure out streaming

    Feb 22 2017

    When John Janick was an undergrad, he started a record company out of his dorm room called Fueled by Ramen. It went on to represent artists like Jimmy Eat World and Fall Out Boy, then later Panic! at the Disco, fun. and Paramore. Now he runs a considerably bigger company as the CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Janick was hand-picked by Jimmy Iovine to be the music industry legend's successor.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • What Sallie Krawcheck learned about being a woman on Wall Street

    Feb 15 2017

    Sallie Krawcheck was one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street. She was at Citigroup when the financial crisis hit, and she tried to convince her bosses to refund their clients some of the money they lost. That didn't go so well, and she was fired. After that, she ran Merrill Lynch, which had been acquired by Bank of America. Her division did well, but she was still pushed out. Now she's the CEO of Ellevest, a company she founded and which provides digital investment services for women. In...more

  • Hudson Jeans CEO Peter Kim is keeping an eye on Trump's policies

    Jan 31 2017

    Peter Kim's first introduction to the garment industry came after a panicked phone call from his dad during spring break, when Kim was a student at the University of Southern California. The family business was in trouble and Kim needed to help get it back on track. Now, Kim runs a premium denim company he founded, Hudson Jeans. It's based in Los Angeles but the denim comes from Italy and Turkey while much of the manufacturing is now done in Mexico. Kim's paying close attention to what President...more

  • What the Equinox CEO knows about your lifestyle goals

    Jan 17 2017

    Equinox Holdings is the company behind the fitness clubs of the same name, as well as SoulCycle and a chain of no-frills gyms called Blink. Now, they're getting into the hotel business. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Equinox CEO Harvey Spevak about what he realized about the way we work-out way before anyone else did, and what that means for the way we want to live.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Moog CEO says analog synths are here to stay

    Jan 03 2017

    In the 1960s, Bob Moog started making synthesizers. His company, Moog Music is still thriving, thanks to Mr. Moog’s ability to engineer instruments musicians love to play. Mike Adams heads up the company now and has done so for the last 14 years. Earlier this year he talked about Moog Music's legacy and enduring appeal to musicians with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes. This episode was produced by Robert Garrova. Bridget Bodnar contributed.

  • Why aren't there more female CEOs?

    Dec 20 2016

    There weren't many female CEOs in 1994 when Ann Drake took over running DSC Logistics. In an interview with Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal, she explains why she signed on to Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of CEOs who want to help get more women hired in corporate leadership.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Inside three very different small businesses in Los Angeles

    Dec 06 2016

    We're doing something a little different with the Corner Office podcast this week and sharing interviews with three small business owners, all located in Los Angeles. You're about to hear from a married couple who had a dream to open an ice cream shop, the CEO of a small manufacturing company making doors and windows, and the woman who returned to her hometown to start a tire recycling facility.  This episode was also produced by Daisy Palacios and Robert Garrova. Subscribe to the Corner Office ...more

  • JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison on the art of retail

    Nov 22 2016

    From a JCPenney in Frisco, Texas, CEO Marvin Ellison talks about using data and instinct to return the department store to profitability, why he thinks appliances will be their new big seller and how he started his retail career as a part-time security guard. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • From the archives: Martha Stewart, godmother of lifestyle

    Nov 08 2016

    We're resurfacing Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal's 2014 interview with Martha Stewart, a conversation that's just as relevant as ever. The two talk about Martha Stewart's "American Made" program, how she came to be the god-mother of lifestyle culture, and when she realized she was building a billion-dollar business.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • The CEO of YouTube on her "lightbulb moment" about video

    Oct 24 2016

    Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube. She talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the video that made her realize how powerful the medium would be, being in Palo Alto before it was cool, and whether she'd say "yes" to a promotion.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Ford CEO Mark Fields wants the car giant to become a mobility company

    Oct 10 2016

    Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields talks TPP, Donald Trump and transitioning from car company to mobility company, all from the floor of Ford's first car factory that's still in operation today.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Sophia Amoruso, founder-author-podcaster-extraordinaire

    Oct 04 2016

    Sophia Amoruso founded her clothing company, Nasty Gal, over ten years ago. Then she wrote #Girlboss, a business book for women. Now she’s expanding her brand. She has a new show on on Netflix called “#Girlboss” and a podcast of the same name, as well as a new book called “Nasty Galaxy.”  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • The editor-in-chief of National Geographic really likes Instagram

    Sep 26 2016

    Susan Goldberg is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic, only the 10th in the magazine’s history. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to her about the benefits of being a photo-heavy magazine in the age of Instagram, the partnership with 21st Century Fox and why the atlas isn’t going anywhere.  To listen to the full interview, subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Activision CEO Bobby Kotick's big bet on video games

    Sep 13 2016

    "Call of Duty," "World of Warcraft" and "Candy Crush" all have one thing in common — they're part of the suite of games at Activision Blizzard. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to CEO Bobby Kotick about what drew him to the once struggling video game company.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.Take our video game quiz to see if you can match the game to it's sound!

  • Delta Air Lines CEO on why he still flies in the back of the plane

    Aug 30 2016

    When Ed Bastian became the CEO of Delta Air Lines this past May, he'd already been with the company for years. He talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about why he once quit Delta, the outage that grounded flights  and why bigger isn't always better.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Full Interview: Tristan Walker and the significance of shaving

    Aug 16 2016

    Tristan Walker left Foursquare to found Walker & Co. Brands and to create Bevel, a shaving system for people of color. Two years after his first interview with Kai Ryssdal, Walker's company has passed some important milestones.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Full Interview: Angie's List CEO has futuristic plans for the company

    Aug 02 2016

    Scott Durchslag took over the CEO position at Angie's List less than a year ago. He's already introduced a free membership for the reviews website and has big plans for its future.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Full Interview: The head of Scott Free Productions on old TV and new TV

    Jul 19 2016

    The Television Academy announced this year's Emmy nominees last week. David W. Zucker, President of Television at Scott Free Productions, got the nod for two very different shows produced by his company. "The Good Wife," appearing on CBS received four nominations and so did "The Man in the High Castle," an Amazon series.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.

  • Full Interview: Minions Boss on failure and success

    Jul 05 2016

    If you've heard of the "Minions" (and by now, we'll assume you have), you're familiar with the work of Chris Meledandri and his company, Illumination Entertainment. Universal Pictures, which owns Illumination, purchased DreamWorks recently. This means Meledandri now has creative oversight of  both operations and all their offerings.In this interview from the Marketplace archive, Meledandri talks to host Kai Ryssdal about $100 million failures, and billion dollar successes.Click the audio player ...more

  • Full Interview: EA CEO on video games, what's in your fridge, and One Cheesy Mofo

    Jun 21 2016

    Electronic Arts or EA is the company behind video games such as FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield. Its CEO, Andrew Wilson, talks to Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal, about e-sports, the multi-screen nature of gaming, and using fans to test games before they're released.  Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to the full interview.

  • Extended Interview: Izumi Kajimoto leads Stetson into the 21st century

    Jun 07 2016

    After 27 years of working for fashion giants like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karen, Izumi Kajimoto took the CEO reins of Stetson Worldwide, the makers of the famous Stetson cowboy hat. Kajimoto explains how she's making hats relevant again.Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to hear more full and extended interviews with CEOs.

  • Full Interview: Gates Foundation CEO on "Big Philanthropy"

    May 24 2016

    The Bill and  Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. Its CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, talks about Big Philanthropy, partnering with private businesses, and why the worst inequalities won't be solved quickly.

  • Full Interview: GlaxoSmithKline CEO says "things have to change"

    May 10 2016

    Sir Andrew Witty is the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company that counts itself as one of the fifth or sixth largest in the industry. Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal talked to him about the cost of pharmaceuticals, R&D and preparing for epidemics. Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to the full interview.

  • Full Interview: Phil Knight talks about founding Nike

    Apr 25 2016

    Before the phrase "athleisure," before "Just do it," before the swoosh, Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight sold sneakers out of the back of his car. He chronicles the rise of his famous company in his new memoir, "Shoe Dog."

  • Extended interview: Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams

    Mar 31 2016

    The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Sam Adams Lager, is the biggest producer in the craft beer market. The company shipped over 4 million barrels of suds last year and that brought in a crisp $1 billion in revenue. All that and Boston Beer accounts for just a mere 1.5 percent percent of all beer production in the U.S.And that's got some people wondering where Sam Adams fits in craft beef definition. The company's founder and CEO, Jim Koch, will tell you he's still firmly in that category and wan...more

  • Full Interview: Paula Schneider, American Apparel fixer

    Feb 18 2016

    The last two years at Los Angeles–based clothing manufacturer American Apparel have been anything but boring.The company, known for T-shirts and racy ads, had been in dire financial straits for years, but in June 2014, the board dismissed founder and CEO Dov Charney. In his termination letter, the board wrote, “you have violated the fiduciary obligations owed to the Company in several material ways” and “you repeatedly engaged in conduct that violated the Company’s sexual harassment and anti-dis...more

  • Full Interview: Janice Min pulls back the curtain on Hollywood

    Feb 18 2016

    The Hollywood Reporter, one of the major trade magazines for the entertainment industry, was on its last legs in 2010 when Janice Min joined the team as editorial director. Since then, Min has transformed the magazine. Her bosses must have really liked her work because they soon promoted her to Co-President and Chief Creative Officer, and added Billboard Magazine to her portfolio as well. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to her about how she did it.Click the audio player above to listen to the...more

  • Full interview: Shinola CEO Steve Bock

    Jan 21 2016

    Marketplace visited Shinola's headquarters in Detroit where the company also has its leather shop. We interviewed CEO Steve Bock for this episode of Corner Office, listen to the audio player for the full interview.

  • Don't call Wolfgang Puck a celebrity chef

    Dec 17 2015

    You've probably heard the statistic that 90 percent of restaurants fail in the first year. That's not true. It's actually more like 60 percent in the first three years. But the sentiment still holds. It's really hard to open a successful one and even harder to make one last. So how did an immigrant with no high school education, let alone a culinary school degree, become the most famous chef in America and build an empire worth over $400 million? It's a harrowing story that involves poverty, abu...more

  • Atom Factory's Troy Carter: 'Music sells everything but music'

    Nov 19 2015

    Troy Carter is one of the biggest names in the music biz. He's perhaps most famous for helping to break Lady Gaga, but he's also behind the success of Eve, Meghan Trainor and John Legend, just to name a few. He is the founder and CEO of Atom Factory, a full-service talent management agency that has become famous for utilizing technology and social media. West Philadelphia born and raisedCarter's childhood was tough. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he spent his early years liv...more

  • Charles Koch: 'I don't like politics'

    Oct 22 2015

    Charles Koch is the CEO of Koch Industries, a company that was founded 75 years ago, making its name in oil and gas. Koch has grown to be the second-largest privately held company in America with 100,000 employees in more than 60 countries.But it all started small with Charles' father, Fred Koch.Fred still looms large over his son's office, with a bronzed bust and a framed painting above his desk.[[{"fid":"294039","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und]...more

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries

    Oct 12 2015

    Musk is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, with an interest on the side in getting people to Mars. Last week, we headed to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California for a chat with Musk about battery technology and the future of global transportation.