CEOs Adopt “Stakeholder” Goals: Business Roundtable

A new statement from the Business Roundtable commits to stakeholder interests instead of making the primary purpose of the company shareholder value. We have some concerns.  And a strong sense of deja vu. The last time the BRT was excited about stakeholders it was during the era of hostile takeovers, and a feint to the…

Up to half of exiting CEOs don’t quit. They get fired – CNN

When companies announce their CEOs are leaving, they may offer any number of vague reasons. But it’s rare that they’d ever say the chief executive was “fired” or explain precisely why.One study suggests that in the past two years, 52% of announced CEO departures from companies on the Russell 3000 Index likely were the result…

Has La Croix Lost Its Fizz?

National Beverage, producer of La Croix flavored fizzy water, has been criticized for the tone and substance of its recent filings. On Forbes, Jim Collins calls CEO Nick Caporella’s statement “bizarre” and points out the contradictions in its explanation for reduced revenues: La Croix sales are falling due to litigation, but that litigation will not…

More U.S. Companies Separating Chief Executive and Chairman Roles – WSJ

A push by corporate governance experts, shareholders and, in some cases, regulators to untangle the chairman and chief executive positions at U.S. public companies is gaining traction.The percentage of S&P 500 companies whose chief executives also serve as chairman reached 45.6% in 2018, compared with 48.7% the year before and the lowest percentage in at…

Column: This is what happens when you take Ayn Rand seriously | PBS NewsHour

Denise Cummins writes about what happened when Sears was run according to the principles of Ayn Rand. SPOILER ALERT: Chaos, followed by bankruptcy. Think Lord of the Flies in the executive suite. In 2008, Sears CEO Eddie Lampert decided to restructure the company according to Rand’s principles. Lampert broke the company into more than 30…

GE Whiz: If Only Flannery’s Ouster Was Unique

No one knows more about CEO succession — the good, the bad, and the very ugly — than Yale’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld. He has some thoughtful comments on the second CEO within a year at GE. He insists it is not unheard of and makes the key point that there was a major turnover on the…

JD CEO’s arrest steps on governance landmine – Breakingviews

Emphasis added to this story about a “governance landmine” that illustrates the problem with governance structure that is overweighted in favor of the CEO. JD.com shareholders just got an abrupt reminder about their investment. Richard Liu, the founder and chief executive of the $45 billion Chinese e-commerce company, was arrested in the United States for alleged…