Geoffrey Smith, Fortune

Geoffrey Smith


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Recent articles by Geoffrey:

H&M and Zara Are Closing Stores to Get Ahead

Europe's fast-fashion giants have finally arrived in the e-commerce age. → Read More

HSBC Has Been Loyal to Its CEOs—Until John Flint's Ouster Today

What changed to prompt the sudden departure of CEO John Flint? → Read More

As Boris Johnson Takes the Lead, the U.K. is Headed Back to the Brink on Brexit

The U.K.'s new prime minister, has pledged to get the country out of the EU—no matter what. → Read More

Europe Wants to Be the World’s Climate Change Police—If Only It Can Agree on What That Means

Whether Europe can make good on that ambition depends on its factions agreeing on an approach. → Read More

Deutsche Bank Restructuring Means Reckoning With 'Most Dangerous' Past

In undergoing a major restructuring and cutting jobs, Deutsche Bank will contend with two decades of reckless management. → Read More

A Fear at the G20 Summit: That the U.S.-China Trade War Turns Into a Currency Conflict

Failure to reach a trade truce to could ignite a battle on parallel front. → Read More

Trump Wants To 'Do Something' About EU Wine Tariffs. But U.S. Producers Have Bigger Problems—in China

Donald Trump's own trade policies have closed off the U.S. wine industry’s fastest-growing export market. → Read More

Italy Is Threatening to Repeat the Greek Debt Crisis—But With Higher Stakes

Italy's Matteo Salvini-led populist coalition is on collision course with the EU by insisting that the bloc underwrite its swelling debt. → Read More

Apple and Google's Nemesis Could Be the Next Face of Europe

Elections that start on Thursday could launch Margrethe Vestager into the EU's top job. → Read More

What Happens When Your Business Relies on the Boeing 737 Max? Just Ask Norwegian Air

The airline is still scrabbling after deadly crashes grounded its Boeing fleet. → Read More

Tesla Has a Lucrative—but Fleeting—Window in Europe

Can Elon Musk's automaker take advantage of the continent's unique opportunities? → Read More

Germany Tried to Remake the Eurozone in Its Own Image. The Trouble Is, It Half-Succeeded

The region is less self-reliant than it used to be. → Read More

Apple's Grand Designs — CEO Daily, Friday 22nd December

Top News • In The Beginning Was a Misjudged Word… John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s, said he’ll step down as CEO. The move comes less than two months after Schnatter complained about the impact of the NFL anthem protests on his business. The complaint was, to all appearances, entirely grounded in fact. But airing it without any reference to the broader concerns exposed Schnatter to… → Read More

Count (and Distribute) Your Winnings — CEO Daily, Thursday 21st December

Top News • How High Can Bitcoin Go in 2018? The question on a lot of people’s lips finds an exhaustive answer in Robert Hackett and Jen Wieczner’s feature from our January edition, which we’re publishing online today. The answer largely lies in the factor that distinguishes this from all other bubbles: Bitcoin is the first truly global mania. The supply of gullible and greedy people willing to… → Read More

Fortune's 32 Blue-Ribbon Companies — CEO Daily, Wednesday 20th December

Top News • Defeat for Uber in EU’s Top Court Europe’s top court ruled that Uber should be regulated as a transportation company rather than a technology company (you can find the full text of the ruling here and the press summary here). Uber has already started to retreat from its ‘we are a technology company’ strategy that it used to avoid regulation in the past, but the precedent still crimps… → Read More

Europe's Top Court Just Blew a Big Hole in Uber's Business Model

The European Union's top court ruled that Uber should be regulated as a transport company rather than a technology company. → Read More

The GOP's Obamacare — CEO Daily, Tuesday 19th December

Good morning. Stock markets around the world continue to celebrate the imminent passage of the tax bill, which is likely to be approved in the House today and in the Senate by mid-week. The bill cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% percent; trims the top individual rate from 39.6% to 37%; cuts the top tax rate on “pass through” entities from 39.6% to 29.6%; nearly doubles the standard… → Read More

The EU's Brexit Negotiator Is Practicing His Grinch Routine

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, said the UK's financial services industry can't expect a sweet deal under Brexit. → Read More

Best of 2017 in Business — CEO Daily, Monday 18th December

Top News • P&G’s Pyrrhic Victory Procter & Gamble finally appointed Nelson Peltz to its board, even though the final count in their proxy battle showed the activist investor had fallen short of victory. Peltz appears to have dropped some of his bolder ambitions in return for his new leverage: P&G said they had agreed the company won’t borrow heavily, cut R&D spending or move the… → Read More

Fossil Fuel Foes: Adani Cancels $1.5 Billion Australian Mine Contract After Failing to Secure Funding

The Indian group will build Carmichael mine itself after failing to secure the funding. → Read More