Have Been Top Gun, Will Travel

Today's turmoil can mean opportunity for a seasoned leader equipped to take over a troubled company on an interim basis and fix it

Q: I'm a former CEO and am interested in finding recruiters who are seeking people like me to work on a temporary basis. I have run two international manufacturing companies in the machinery business. One was a division of a large public U.S. conglomerate. I was responsible for business volume of $500 million, and for 2,000 people.

The other was a division of a foreign conglomerate, also in the international machinery business and approximately the same size. In both cases, I had full profit-and-loss responsibility. Can you give me names, Web addresses, and phone numbers of recruiters please? -- A.S., Boulder, Colo.

A:

Your timing couldn't be better. The Rent-a-CEO market is on a tear. That's because, as you've certainly heard, a staggering number of companies these days are confronted with a turnaround, restructuring, or management turmoil -- or all of the above. The Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It who has done it all has never been in such high demand.

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