Business Research:
Finding a Company's Leadership Information

Company Web Sites

The best place to find current information about the executives and other key people who work at a particular company is usually the company's own website. Look for a section entitled "About the company" or "Leadership," etc. Leadership information may also be found in a company's annual report, which you may be able to find in the area of the company's website that contains information for investors.

Library Databases

Some UMUC Library databases also contain information about company leadership, although this information is more likely to be outdated than information on a company's own website. Databases that can be used to find a company's leadership include:

Click on the links above to learn how to find company leadership information in each of the databases listed.

Note, by the way, that leadership information will seldom be given in org chart format. Rather, you may just be presented with a list of the people who hold the top positions at a company, with little or no information given about how the positions relate to each other.


Business Insights: Essentials

Enter a company's name in the search box on the database's home page, without putting quotation marks around a name consisting of two or more words (for example, home depot). Then click on the company's name on the search results page to open up a page of information about the company. The company's leadership is listed in the Officer(s) section of the page:

Business Insights: Essentials 


Business Source Complete

Click on the Company Information link at the top of the page and enter a company's name in the search box, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "general electric"). After clicking on the company's name on the search results page to open up a page of information about the company, click on the + icon next to Executives to open the list of the company's executives: 

Business Source Complete 


Factiva

Click on the Companies/Markets link at the top of the page, select Company from the resulting drop-down menu, and then enter a company's name in the search box, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "thomson reuters"). Key executives will be listed in the Key Executives area toward the bottom of the search results page for the company: 

Factiva 


Hoover's

Enter a company's name in the search box at the top of the page, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "philip morris"). Then click on the People & Contacts link on the information page for the company.

Note that you can use the options on the left-hand side of the page to find people with a particular job title or function, etc.

You can also click on each executive's hyperlinked name to find information such as the person's age, compensation history, employment profile, etc. 

Hoover's 


LexisNexis Academic

Enter a company's name in the Get Company Info section of the page, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "office depot"). After clicking on the company's name on the search results page, click on the Executives link on the left-hand side of the company's information page: 

LexisNexis Academic 


Mergent Online

Enter a company's name in the Company Search box on the database's home page, putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words (for example, "harris teeter"). After clicking on the company's name on the search results page, click on the Executives tab on the company information page: 

Mergent Online 


S&P NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's)

To find information about the key executives, board members, and/or committee members at a company, enter a company's name in the search box in the upper left-hand corner of the database's home page (without putting quotation marks around a company name consisting of two or more words -- for example, eastman kodak). Then use the links on the left-hand side of the company overview page to select the category of interest.

Click on a person's hyperlinked name to find brief biographical information about the person (for example, age, universities attended, job title, e-mail address, board memberships, compensation history, etc.).

 S&P NetAdvantage


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