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Spinning circles

Spinning circles

Lebanon is in a sticky situation. The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act (HIFPA), a United States law targeting Hezbollah, places Lebanon between Hezbollah and a loaded gun. It is the latest fire encroaching on the Lebanese economic house and comes on top of domestic catastrophes, such as the garbage and political crises, as well as

A letter to Gracy

Dear Gracy, Over the past few years, Executive has dedicated considerable editorial efforts to identifying entrepreneurs running young businesses that deserve attention. In particular, we have strived to highlight the exceptional but often under-appreciated work of Lebanese business women. Finding and acknowledging these people has been one of the most rewarding tasks for us as

Snapshots of a world in turmoil

From the mountains of Afghanistan to the battlefields of Syria and the refugee camps of Lebanon, Executive’s photojournalists have covered some of the most pressing stories of our time through their camera lenses. As part of our special 200 issues feature, Executive provides our readers with a selection of the most powerful images our photojournalists have captured over the years.

A two-way street

In the age of digital media Executive continues to circulate a print magazine to subscribers and newsstands every month. The reason why is straightforward: our readers still demand a physical copy of the magazine in supplement to our online content. And it is they who motivate us to deliver the best, most impactful, quality journalism.

Improving the economies of words

In the beginning of human expression, technically speaking, there was the pictogram. The marriage of image and meaning, irrespective of the degree of abstraction involved, is how communication can be kept “on record”. Where glances and body language cannot be preserved without comparatively extensive technology, words and pictures codify human history. In this sense, it

A magazine to be proud of

There’s plenty we’re proud of after 200 issues of publication. We’ve worked with hundreds of talented people and have honored a commitment made in our first editorial from September 1998 to provide high quality business reporting in Lebanon. In that editorial, we noted, “This issue is our first step in playing a part in Lebanon’s

Lebanon’s flawed acquiescence

Sometimes it’s good to learn from history. It was the year 1075 and the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by German king Henry IV, stretched over much of central Europe. As ruler of the Empire it was Henry IV’s divine right to ordain bishops and other clergymen, an authority that the new pope Gregory VII, a

Talent takes the stage

The entrepreneurship ecosystem is evolving and becoming more ‘startup friendly’, hosting networking events every other week and improving the access youthful entrepreneurs have to information. Little by little, startups are crawling into the spotlight and are being given opportunities, access to capital and resources that weren’t readily available five years ago. The second Banque du

Rehabilitation first

The opening crawl of the movie “Reefer Madness” served as a morality tale to parents of the Silent Generation: “…the new drug menace is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana [sic] is that drug – a violent narcotic – an unspeakable scourge – The Real Public Enemy Number One!” The narrative

Leader in ethics, leader in managing wealth

Absolute discretion; the strength of character that engenders trust; the emotional intelligence that enables one to gauge a client’s needs, wants and insecurities; and a keen financial mind. Such are qualities that distinguish a top private banker. These qualities, or at least their appearance, have for eight centuries opened the doors of the wealthy and

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