Consumer is king, says Bacardi CEO

Suc­cessful com­pa­nies com­bine product per­for­mance with con­sumer insights to build brand loy­alty, according to Edward Shirley, pres­i­dent and CEO of Bac­ardi Lim­ited, who spoke on Wednesday at Northeastern’s CEO Break­fast Forum.

Not just America runs on Dunkin’

Nigel Travis, chief exec­u­tive officer of Dunkin’ Brands and pres­i­dent of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., dis­cussed how glob­al­iza­tion has pre­sented great oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges for his com­pany at the North­eastern CEO Break­fast Forum on Thursday.

3Qs: As precious metals grow more precious

The value of silver soared to an all-​​time high last Thursday, and plunged dra­mat­i­cally yes­terday, illus­trating the con­stant volatility of the precious-​​metals market, which includes lus­trous com­modi­ties like gold, silver and plat­inum. Here, Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of econo­met­rics and macro­eco­nomics at North­eastern, who has studied the value of silver and gold in the for­eign exchange market, dis­cusses how the declining value of the dollar relates to the ever-​​shifting value of pre­cious metals and other com­modi­ties, such as oil.