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A maverick’s lessons

WS talks to bold CEO Frederick Abrew

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Fred Abrew, 62, became CEO at Equitable Resources Inc., a Pennsylvania utility company, after nearly 40 years of climbing the corporate ladder. He served as CEO for three years, leaving in 1997 with a “golden parachute” worth $1.35 million. We spoke with Abrew about his steady ascent to the top:

WS: In a recent Wall Street Journal profile, you were called a “maverick.” Why?

Probably because what always worked for me was to express different opinions from the status quo and attach my views to the organization’s best interest. I realized that if I could understand what the organization was trying to achieve, and link my ideas to that goal, then I’d better speak up rather than just go along.

WS: But don’t you risk alienating higher-ups by doing that?

It depends how well you identify with their needs and consider their point of view. I have an old college friend who was also a maverick. He got plenty of promotions ...(register to read more)

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