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Snap Inc. CEO Evan
“We believe that this will accelerate the digital transformation across many businesses, and that the heightened levels of activity we are seeing today will lead to a sustained uplift in the digital economy over time,” Mr. Spiegel said.
Coca-Cola Co. CEO James Quincey
“We may be at the end of the big global lockdown, but we are still a long way from the new normal,” Mr. Quincey said.
“It’s not so much of a time for trying out all sorts of new and different things if incomes are under pressure,” Mr. Quincey said. “You tend to go back to what is known. There will be some favoring of tried and trusted in the short term.”
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CEO Brian Niccol
“You spend a lot of your time ensuring how you can execute your business in this environment in a safe way,” Mr. Niccol said in an interview. “You look back on history, and after 1918 flu came the roaring 20s. We got through it then, and we can get through it now. People are resilient.”
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Texas Instruments Inc. CEO Richard Templeton
Mr. Templeton said Texas Instruments plans to keep chip production at its factories steady to be positioned for an economic recovery, given its experience in the 2008 financial crisis.
“With the benefit of hindsight, our customers overcorrected to the downside, and we then spent a year and a half chasing back up to support demand,” he said of the last recession. With this crisis, “we want to ensure that we have the highest degree of optionality so that we can deal successfully with any outcome.”
Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings
“We had an increase in subscriber growth in March. It’s essentially a pull-forward at the rest of the year. So, our guess is that subs will be light in Q3 and Q4 relative to prior years because of that.
“But we don’t use the words guess and guesswork lightly. We use them because it’s a bunch of us feeling the wind. And it’s hard to say. But again, will internet entertainment be more and more important over the next five years? Nothing has changed in that,” Mr. Hastings said.
Blackstone Group Inc. President Jonathan Gray
“We’re certainly not in the ‘V’ camp. We’ve been debating what the shape is,” Mr. Gray told The Wall Street Journal. “I think it’s an elongated recovery. That’s why we’re not rushing to invest.”
AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson
The pandemic will probably have “long-lasting implications for many things we used to take for granted, like how we congregate, work, travel, interact.” But “[b]ottom line, we have very little visibility,” Mr. Stephenson said.
“We bring in the smartest and the most genius economists in the world, and you can bring a dozen of them in, and the range of possible outcomes just for the second quarter of 2020 is unbelievably wide,” he said.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson
Mr. Adelson said the casino operator is continuing with a $2.2 billion capital investment plan for its Macau resorts, despite gambling revenue in the Chinese territory being down.
“Now is not the time to pause or slow down investment in Macau,” Mr. Adelson said. “We see the opportunity and possess both the financial strength and the strategic commitment to make additional investment. With our effort to accelerate investment in Macau, we intend to play a part in supporting the local economy in the short term, and ensure we are in the leading position to capture the eventual recovery in tourism spending.”
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International Business Machines Corp. CEO Arvind Krishna
“It was a tough decision to withdraw guidance. But these are unprecedented times, and this quarter is not the time to declare that we have clarity—that does not benefit us, and it does not benefit you as investors and analysts,” Mr. Krishna said.
Domino’s Pizza Inc. CEO Ritch Allison
“The restaurant industry is facing an existential crisis, and no one knows how many restaurants will survive, or what form the industry will take,” Mr. Allison said. “We also don’t know how consumer behaviors and purchasing patterns may evolve.”
“I don’t think consumers are going to snap right back to the old patterns and behaviors.”
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Kimberly-Clark Corp. CEO Michael Hsu
“I don’t think we ever felt like we would be arguing over epidemiological models, and we are. And we’re working through—actually through 11 of them—and they all have different assumptions. While that makes it difficult for us to call the business for this purpose, I will tell you from an operating perspective, we are using those models to predict outcomes to drive scenario planning and contingency plans for all of our operations around the world,” Mr. Hsu said.
Schlumberger Ltd. CEO Olivier Le Peuch
Despite the recent agreement by the world’s largest oil producers to cut production, “Q2 is likely to be the most uncertain and disruptive quarter that the industry has ever seen,” Mr. Le Peuch said.
“It will require a level of response and depth of resilience that have yet to be fully realized. The actions we have taken so far have been focused on those things we can control in protecting our business—with a clear priority on cash and liquidity—in an uncertain industry and global environment,” Mr. Le Peuch said.