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Ceo Turnover And Foreign Market Participation, Bruce A. Blonigen, Rossitza B. Wooster Mar 2003

Ceo Turnover And Foreign Market Participation, Bruce A. Blonigen, Rossitza B. Wooster

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that new CEOs with foreign backgrounds direct their firms to become more international in their operations. We examine this hypothesis formally using data on U.S. S&P-500 manufacturing firms from1992 through 1997 and biographical information on CEOs’ birth and education locations that allow us to identify changes from U.S.- to foreign-connected CEOs. Robust to a variety of specifications, we find that a U.S. firm’s switch from a U.S. to a foreign CEO leads to substantial increases in the firm’s proportion of its foreign assets and foreign affiliate sales. In fact, our ...