New York, NY – Today Bloomberg L.P. launched “The Year Ahead,” a new global media franchise that will arm CEOs and their leadership teams with the forward-looking insight they need to shape their businesses in the year to come. The newest cross-company franchise looks at market performance the same way business leaders do: through an industry lens, and with an eye towards the companies, products, people and trends poised to reign in 2014.

Bloomberg proprietary data and analysis provides the basis for The Year Ahead: 2014, which includes an interactive digital leaderboard, storytelling spanning the Web to Bloomberg TV to a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, and a gathering of international CEOs in Chicago. The Year Ahead capitalizes on the strength of nearly a dozen Bloomberg platforms – Bloomberg Industries, Bloomberg Visual Data, Bloomberg Global Data, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg LINK, Bloomberg Global Events, and more – collaborating on an unprecedented scale.

“One of Bloomberg’s strengths is applying complex analytics and unique editorial content to create actionable insights,” said Daniel L. Doctoroff, CEO & President of Bloomberg L.P. “The Year Ahead franchise leverages this strength across multiple platforms to provide a new set of tools that will help business leaders plan for 2014.”

The Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard is a groundbreaking dynamic tool on Bloomberg.com that lets visitors compare 600 companies leading 55 global industries, from Telecom to Oil & Gas to IT Services. The analysis goes beyond traditional size data to include industry-specific measures and proprietary forward-looking metrics to provide the kind of insight business leaders need to spot trends and assess their standing versus competitors. A portion of the data selected for the Leaderboard will automatically update each market day making it a truly unique resource. The deep expertise of Bloomberg Industries analysts provides a broader audience with a taste of the wealth of data and insights offered to Bloomberg Professional service subscribers. The Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard is at Bloomberg.com/leaderboard.

A Bloomberg Businessweek special issue, “The Year Ahead: 2014,” dated November 18, 2013, will provide CEOs with a reference guide for the annual business planning season and will be available on newsstands for seven weeks beginning November 15. The issue includes a Global Outlook section dissecting how global economics and geopolitics will play out in 2014, as well as Industry Reports examining how Finance, Energy, Technology, Retail, Transportation & Defense, and Health Care are driving change, and a 30-page data well giving snapshots of the 55 different industries and 600 companies analyzed within the franchise. Content from the issue is available in the Bloomberg Businessweek+ mobile apps and in a robust The Year Ahead section on Businessweek.com at Businessweek.com/yearahead. The section also hosts an interactive 20-question quiz where users can find out how prepared they are for 2014 at Businessweek.com/areyouready, and will host content from The Year Ahead: 2014 conference when it is held November 20 and 21.

The Bloomberg Businessweek special issue is 212 pages, with over 111 pages of ads, making it the largest magazine since Bloomberg acquired BusinessWeek in December 2009 and the largest issue of BusinessWeek since 1999. 45% of the advertisers in the special issue are new to the book.

In partnership with the City of Chicago and World Business Chicago (WBC), Bloomberg L.P. will host the inaugural The Year Ahead: 2014 conference on November 20 and 21 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The conference brings together 250 corporate and political leaders for high level conversations about market conditions and the prospects for growth across entire industries in the year to come. More than 80 visionary speakers – including HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Madeleine Albright, Barry Diller, Eric Schmidt, Don Thompson and more – are scheduled to engage with attendees. A special conversation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the future of cities and Chicago will take place on November 20.

“I am focused on creating jobs and economic opportunity throughout the city of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am pleased that Chicago will host the inaugural Bloomberg ‘The Year Ahead’ conference, and that the global business leaders who attend will be able to experience the city’s vitality firsthand as they share ideas for the future.”

Some of the additional 80-plus executives from across a wide range of industries who are speaking at The Year Ahead: 2014 conference include:

  • Carol M. Browner, Former Administrator, EPA; Former Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change; Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Michael Chertoff, Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group
  • Brian Z. France, Chairman and CEO, NASCAR
  • Senator William H. Frist, M.D., Partner, Cressey & Company; Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
  • Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint
  • Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO, illycaffè S.p.A.
  • Henry R. Kravis, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Owner, 85 Broads
  • Eric Lefkofsky, CEO, Groupon
  • Pamela Liebman, President and CEO, The Corcoran Group
  • Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Company
  • Gary Loveman, CEO and President, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • John Noseworthy, M.D., President and CEO, Mayo Clinic
  • Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman of The Paulson Institute, 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • David Plouffe, 2008 Obama Campaign Manager; Former Senior Adviser to President Obama; Analyst, Bloomberg News
  • Joseph A. Ripp, CEO, Time Inc.
  • George Roberts, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Eric E. Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
  • Charles R. Schwab, Chairman of the Board, The Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Don Thompson, President and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation
  • João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador to the United States, European Union

For the full list of speakers, agenda, and live stream content please visit: Bloomberg.com/bsummit/. Live and recorded sessions and interviews from the conference will be available on Bloomberg TV and digitally on Bloomberg.com/TV.

The Boston Consulting Group, the globally recognized management firm and leading advisor on business strategy, will serve as knowledge partner for the franchise, and the Aspen Institute, the renowned educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., is an event partner. Zurich North America, PwC, Samsung Electronics Co., UPS, RetailMeNot and National Bank of Canada Financial are also sponsoring the event.

The hashtag for The Year Ahead: 2014 is #BBG2014.

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