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CEO Candidate Evaluation

September 3, 2002
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Each member of a search committee at MassMutualfilled out this sheet after interviewing CEO candidates. The form gave the committee a way to make the process less subjective.

Candidate:

Evaluator:

Ratings:5 - Clearly confident
4 - Confident
3 - Seems OK
2 - Some concern
1 - Serious concern
0 - no information
Criteria:A track record of achievement, demonstrating success in leading a dynamic, volatile environment; experience should include successful acquisition and related integration or culture shifts; capable of leading a large, complex business on day one.
Comments:

Rating:0 1 2 3 4 5
Criteria:Will not gamble foolishly with the assets of the corporation. Knows how to protect and "anchor" a franchise, as well as project a leadership position in a highly competitive financial services environment.
Comments:

Rating:0 1 2 3 4 5
Criteria:Uses seasoned judgment to make sound strategic choices -- knows when to emphasize and balance the organization's long-term strategic objectives; applies broad knowledge and experience when addressing complex issues; makes timely, tough decisions.
Comments:

Rating:0 1 2 3 4 5
Criteria:Has demonstrated the ability to develop a vision for the business; maintains a long-term, big-picture view; anticipates obstacles and opportunities; generates break-through ideas; is willing to entertain alternative corporate structures and governance models to achieve strategic objectives.
Comments:

Rating:0 1 2 3 4 5
Criteria:A great leader who inspires others to perform at their best; creates a climate that fosters personal investment and excellence; sets and pursues aggressive goals; a high-energy type who can change a successful culture, keep the momentum going; drives for results; promotes collaboration and teamwork.
Comments:

Rating:0 1 2 3 4 5
Criteria:Strong integrity base; establishes open, candid, trusting relationships; treats all individuals fairly and with respect; makes decisions that are effective rather than politically expedient.
Comments:

Rating:0 1 2 3 4 5
Criteria:Experience in the financial services industry as a leader of a substantially distributed financial-services product.
Comments:

Rating:Yes No
Criteria:Clear understanding of the customer, competition, and legislative environments.
Comments:

Rating:Yes No
Criteria:Clear, date-certain successor to the chairman.
Comments:

Rating:Yes No
Criteria:Excellent presenter to board of directors, management team, employee population, and external communities.
Comments:

Rating:Yes No

Reprinted with permission from The Right CEO by Frederick W. Wackerle, Copyright 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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