- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

From CEO to scribe

Meg Whitman, former eBay chief executive and a presumed candidate for governor of California, is working on a book about the “core values” that helped her build the online commerce giant, Associated Press reports.

The as-yet-untitled book is scheduled to be published by Crown Business in February, just as California’s gubernatorial race begins to heat up. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Miss Whitman - a fundraiser for 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney - will donate all of her earnings to charity, AP said.

According to a statement issued Monday by Crown (an imprint of Random House Inc.), Miss “Whitman will interweave personal stories and leadership lessons culled from her tenure at eBay and other companies.”

“She will offer a blueprint for success in both business and life, identifying core values that make it possible to achieve success without ethical compromise,” the statement continues.

Miss Whitman, 52, joined eBay in 1998, when the company had just 30 employees. By the time she stepped down last year, eBay was a multibillion-dollar company with more than 15,000 workers.

Earlier this year, Miss Whitman formed an exploratory committee to seek the Republican nomination for governor. Incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger cannot run again because of term limits.

“She is eager to share her successes, her setbacks, and her values, which will provide a detailed portrait of this extraordinary woman and a best-practice template for others in business today,” Crown Vice President and Publisher Tina Constable said of Miss Whitman’s upcoming tome.

And the winner is…

On June 7, your humble lady spies will take a break from red-carpet duty and, instead - drumroll, please - will open the envelope.

We’ve been asked to present the Chef of the Year honor at the annual Rammy Awards hosted by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

The gala - known as “Oscar night” among the area’s fine-dining and restaurant crowd - takes place at the Omni Shoreham in Northwest.

Established in 1920, the RAMW, which has about 700 members, was created to bring together restaurant owners, chefs and food-service professionals in the Washington region.

This year’s nominees for top chef are Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar and CommonWealth, Todd Gray of Equinox, Massimo Fabbri of Posto and Ristorante Tosca, Vikram Sunderam of Rasika and Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s and Brasserie Beck.

Other categories for awards include Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, Best Power Spot and Rising Culinary Star.

G2 is requesting that next year, RAMW add the category Best Place to Eavesdrop, as we’ll, no doubt, have plenty to say.

• Compiled from staff and wire reports

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