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This health insurance CEO says the system is "complicated and it needs to be simplified"

David Cordani, CEO of Cigna Health Insurance, acknowledges it's a tumultuous time to be running a health insurance company. But "it's energizing because there's so much need and opportunity to drive change," he says. Most of Cigna's business is in the employer insurance market, but it does operate on a couple of state health care exchanges.
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What the Allstate CEO thinks about self-driving cars and a future of extreme weather

The car and home insurance business isn't exactly known for breakneck innovation, but for Tom Wilson, the CEO of Allstate, the industry is full of change. The company's had to grapple with more severe weather in the past decade, like Hurricane Harvey, than in years past. Then there are self-driving cars — will the automakers be the ones liable if an automated vehicle gets into an accident? Wilson talks to host Kai Ryssdal about that and about the economy, tax reform and why he set Allstate's minimum wage at $15 an hour. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
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Don't call Wolfgang Puck a celebrity chef

You've probably heard the statistic that 90 percent of restaurants fail in the first year. That's not true. It's actually more like 60 percent in the first three years. But the sentiment still holds. It's really hard to open a successful one and even harder to make one last. So how did an immigrant with no high school education, let alone a culinary school degree, become the most famous chef in America and build an empire worth over $400 million?
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Full Interview: Paula Schneider, American Apparel fixer

The last two years at Los Angeles–based clothing manufacturer American Apparel have been anything but boring.The company, known for T-shirts and racy ads, had been in dire financial straits for years, but in June 2014, the board dismissed founder and CEO Dov Charney. In his termination letter, the board wrote, “you have violated the fiduciary obligations owed to the Company in several material ways” and “you repeatedly engaged in conduct that violated the Company’s sexual harassment and anti-discrimination policy.”Paula Schneider was brought in to help fix the company.
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Full Interview: GlaxoSmithKline CEO says "things have to change"

Sir Andrew Witty is the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company that counts itself as one of the fifth or sixth largest in the industry. Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal talked to him about the cost of pharmaceuticals, R&D and preparing for epidemics. Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to the full interview.
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The editor-in-chief of National Geographic really likes Instagram

Susan Goldberg is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic, only the 10th in the magazine’s history. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to her about the benefits of being a photo-heavy magazine in the age of Instagram, the partnership with 21st Century Fox and why the atlas isn’t going anywhere.  To listen to the full interview, subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
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23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki on the collective power of health data

You probably already know of 23andMe as the company that will analyze your DNA and then send you back a report on your ancestry. But whether or not you have a little bit of Neanderthal in your family tree is by far not the only thing your DNA can tell you. With new clearances from the Food and Drug Administration, 23andMe can now look at your genetic makeup and tell you your risk for some pretty widespread diseases, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's among them. Kai Ryssdal spoke with 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki about the changing business of genetics. 
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Mobile banking could ruin retail, or save it

Venmo. Bitcoin. If there's one company that's become synonymous with digital money, it's PayPal. On this episode of the Corner Office, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Dan Schulman, the who became CEO of PayPal in 2014. They talked about the future of digital money, how PayPal keeps closes tabs on its users in order to prevent fraud and how mobile banking could change the landscape of small businesses. According to Schulman, mobile banking may not destroy brick-and-mortar stores but re-envision them.
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