CEO walking towards the exit

10 February, 2021

Forced CEO turnover can damage the reputation of board directors

Parting company with an underperforming chief executive is a good thing, right? The fulfilment of a board’s governance responsibilities, and bound to boost their standing? It seems not. New resea...
Jeff Bezos, founder CEO of Amazon

8 February, 2021

Prime problem: the challenge of founder CEO succession

'They leave a space that is impossible for an outsider to completely fill' Dr Andrew White, senior fellow in management practice at Saïd Business School and a CEO executive coac...
Athletes passing the baton

9 September, 2020

Why succession planning should be part of a company’s corporate culture

Not many board decisions will be more critical than deciding who (and when) to appoint as a new lead executive—whether CEO, executive chair or combined chair and CEO. The new lead executive will be ...
chief executive, CEO

10 August, 2020

S&P prefers its CEOs to be insiders

Corporate mandarins often claim they trawl the world for new chief executives, recruiting the best from a single pool of talent. Evidence from the US suggests this is not the case and boards more ofte...
CEO walking towards the exit

3 August, 2020

US companies lead UK and Europe on speed of CEO turnover

When Expedia’s chief executive Mark Okerstrom stepped asid...
CEO walking towards the exit

13 June, 2019

CEO turnover falls as firms seek ‘continuity and consistency’

It’s official. FTSE 100 chief executives are finding their way to the exit less often than they used to. A survey from recruitment agency Robert Half reveals that the annual attrition rate has fa...
Jack Ma, Alibaba

11 September, 2018

Succession planning: Alibaba works its magic

The news this week is once again full of the rags-to-riches story of Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder and executive chairman of the internet giant Alibaba. This time, though, Ma is making headlines...
Ferrari

26 July, 2018

Board moves at Fiat Chrysler/Ferrari; GAME Digital; and Smiths

Fiat Chrysler/Ferrari One of the automotive sector’s most influential characters, Sergio Marchionne, has died aged 66. His role as CEO at Fiat Chrysler has been taken over by Mike Manle...
City of London

23 April, 2018

FTSE 100 looks beyond UK for CEOs

A review of appointments among Britain's largest listed companies found that 47% of all externally appointed CEOs are candidates from overseas. The number of UK nationals leading FTSE 100 companies...

5 April, 2018

Sir Martin Sorrell investigated by WPP over alleged misconduct

An investigation has been launched against WPP founder and CEO Sir Martin Sorrell following an allegation of “personal misconduct”. A terse statement to the stock exchange states that independe...