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Chief Marketing Officers from various industries gathered in Chicago on March 14th for Argyle Executive Forum’s 2014 Chief Marketing Officer Leadership Forum to discuss effective marketing strategies and innovative practices for the upcoming 2014 year.

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Gunjan Aggarwal, Vice President and Head of Human Resources, North America at Ericsson recently joined a panel at Argyle Executive Forum's 2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum: Spring Event in San Francisco, titled "Talent Strategy and Keeping Employees Engaged." Today, Aggarwal further discusses Ericsson's talent on a global scale.

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Ken Wilcox, EVP of Customer Service & Sales at Republic Services, and Phil Moehlenpah, Managing Director of Worldwide Services for FedEx Services, both articulate the importance of big data and analytics and how to best utilize this growth as a way to improve business practices and drive customer engagement.

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Colette LaForce, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, discusses AMD’s employee-led brand transformation, the evolving role of the CMO, and what excites her most about the future of AMD.

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On February 11, 2014, human resources professionals joined the 2014 Redefining Employee Engagement in Today’s Results-Driven World Virtual Event. Argyle Executive Forum brought together HR professionals to discuss changes in employee engagement and how HR professionals can best adapt to these changes in order to ensure successful HR practices. Perspectives were given by Gary Harrison-Ducros, Vice President Labor Relations for Frito-Lay; Donna Howard, Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonic Healthcare USA; Sumeet Kapoor, Senior Vice President HR Strategy & Change Management for Huntington Bank; and Razor Suleman, Founder & Chief People Officer for Achievers.

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by Tim Weaver

The California Public Employee’s Retirement System dropped performance bonuses 14% this year from last according to data released by the pension. In 2011 $4.1 million worth of bonuses were paid out for executive performance, this year the number will be in the area of $3.6 million, according to Bloomberg.

With over 1.6 million members throughout California, Calpers is the single biggest public pension in the United States. The pension peaked in total value at $260.6 billion before the recession. In 2008 the fund lost an estimated $12 billion in investment income and the next year another $55 billion.

Brad Pacheco, a spokesman for the Sacramento based pension released a statement that read “The performance awards are based on multiple years of performance and we are a long-term investor, and that’s what we are trying to incentivize… For us to keep highly skilled investment managers… we have to be competitive and these awards are part of that compensation.”

Each year Calpers spends roughly $40 million on benefits and compensation for investment staff, however this year wages have been frozen for the executive staff. Compensation is based on a rolling three year performance average.

Calpers claims that the wage freezes and bonus cuts will save the fund $114 million.

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