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Your Company Is Global, But Does Your Senior Management Reflect That?

Shivan S. Subramaniam is the quintessence of the modern American CEO. Okay, his name doesn't read like "Sam Walton" or "Warren Buffett" or even "Howard Schultz," but he and his senior management team at commercial insurer FM Global in blue-collar Johnston, R.I., are the face of tomorrow's U.S. multinational corporation. Maybe even the face of today.

Subramaniam is of Indian descent. Vice Chairman Ruud Bosman hails from The Netherlands. Senior vice president of the international division Ken Davey is from the United Kingdom, as is Chris Johnson, senior vice president of marketing and enterprise learning. Other senior team members, like CFO Jeff Burchill, were born in the U.S., but have served multiple, long stints overseas. Of the 11 most senior executives in the organization, seven are foreign nationals.

If more and more of your revenue and profits are coming from outside the U.S., should the composition of your top team reflect this? 

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Shivan S. Subramaniam is the quintessence of the modern American CEO. Okay, his name doesn't read like "Sam Walton" or "Warren Buffett" or even "Howard Schultz," but he and his senior management team at commercial insurer FM Global in blue-collar Johnston, R.I., are the face of tomorrow's U.S. multinational corporation. Maybe even the face of today.

Subramaniam is of Indian descent. Vice Chairman Ruud Bosman hails from The Netherlands. Senior vice president of the international division Ken Davey is from the United Kingdom, as is Chris Johnson, senior vice president of marketing and enterprise learning. Other senior team members, like CFO Jeff Burchill, were born in the U.S., but have served multiple, long stints overseas. Of the 11 most senior executives in the organization, seven are foreign nationals.

If more and more of your revenue and profits are coming from outside the U.S., should the composition of your top team reflect this? 

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