Chapter 12. THE SPEECH

Martin took the only remaining chair at the end of the conference table opposite Kathryn. As soon as he sat down, he removed his laptop computer from its case and put it on the table in front of him, leaving it closed for the moment.

Determined not to be distracted, Kathryn smiled at her staff and addressed them calmly and gracefully.

"Good morning, everyone. I'd like to start the day by saying a few words. And this won't be the last time I say them." No one knew just how serious Kathryn was about that remark.

"We have a more experienced and talented executive team than any of our competitors. We have more cash than they do. Thanks to Martin and his team, we have better core technology. And we have a more powerful board of ...

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