What CEOs are reading
Leaders of some of the world’s biggest organizations reveal which books will keep them occupied in the coming months.
The slightly lazier days of summer are upon the northern hemisphere, with beach vacations beckoning. South of the equator, temperatures are dipping and cozy weekends lie ahead. So what books will corporate leaders be reading in the coming months? Here are recommendations from more than a dozen, including McKinsey’s Dominic Barton, JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, and Corning’s Wendell Weeks. It’s an eclectic list of fiction and nonfiction, spanning everything from classics to newcomers, business topics to biographies and folk tales.
Dominic Barton, McKinsey
In his three decades with the management-consulting firm, Dominic has worked with companies across a range of industries, including banking, consumer goods, and high tech. He led McKinsey’s Korea office from 2000 to 2004 and was the Shanghai-based Asia chairman from 2004 to 2009 before becoming global managing director.
The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici—Catherine Fletcher (Bodley Head, 2016; nonfiction)
The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny—Stephen Green (Haus Publishing, 2016; nonfiction)
China’s Mobile Economy: Opportunities in the Largest and Fastest Information Consumption Boom—Winston Ma (John Wiley & Sons, 2016; nonfiction)
The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks—Joshua Cooper Ramo (Little, Brown and Company, 2016; nonfiction)
Carl Bass, Autodesk
Carl joined the 3-D design, engineering, and software company in 1993 when it acquired Ithaca Software, a company he cofounded. He held several executive positions, including chief technology officer and chief operations officer, before becoming CEO in 2006. A graduate of Cornell University, Carl owns a workshop near Autodesk’s California head office where he designs and builds furniture, sculptures, and other objects.
Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon—Kevin Fedarko (Scribner, 2014; nonfiction)
Ordinary Grace—William Kent Krueger (Atria Books, 2014; fiction)
Out Stealing Horses: A Novel—Per Petterson (Picador, 2008; fiction)
Fundamentals of Press Brake Tooling—Ben Rapien (Hanser, 2010; nonfiction)
Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Etisalat Nigeria
Hakeem began his career working for the Nigerian government in the energy sector. In 1986, he founded CTIC, which became a leading energy consulting firm. He then became chairman of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services, a mobile-telephone company trading in Nigeria since 2008 under the Etisalat brand. Hakeem holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and degrees from Cambridge University and Oxford University.
Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy—Robert H. Frank (Princeton University Press, 2016; nonfiction)
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike—Phil Knight (Scribner, 2016; nonfiction)
History’s People: Personalities and the Past—Margaret MacMillan (House of Anansi Press, 2015; nonfiction)
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism—Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson (Oxford University Press, 2013; nonfiction)