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December 1, 2019

Stormy end of fall for CEOs

  • Franklin Templeton CEO Greg Johnson steps down
  • Abbott CEO Miles White steps down
  • Gap CEO Art Peck steps down
  • Chief point: Industry cycles play a role in corporate stumbles (By Jo Whitehead)
  • By the numbers: Top job or love?

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November 1, 2019

Rainy mid-fall for CEOs

  • Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank leaves his post
  • Qiagen CEO Peer Schatz steps down
  • Zoetis CEO Juan Alaix retires
  • Chief point: Thomas Cook illustrates the three main reasons for corporate stumbles (By Jo Whitehead)
  • By the numbers: What a month for CEOs in the UK!

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October 11, 2019

Germany’s most mysterious CEO change

  • SAP CEO Bill McDermott leaves with a Push-out Score of 8
  • Nine of the 30 DAX CEOs have announced their departure in the past 24 months
  • Jennifer Morgan is the first woman ever to lead a company in Germany’s blue-chip index

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October 1, 2019

Wet start to fall for CEOs

  • SeaWorld CEO Gus Antorcha resigns
  • DXC CEO Mike Lawrie retires
  • Nucor CEO John Ferriola retires
  • Chief point: The younger CEOs are, the sooner they go public (By Dirk Schiereck)
  • By the numbers: EBay CEO leaves amid activist pressure
  • Standpoint: Is the CEO in the hot seat?

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September 1, 2019

Tough end of summer for CEOs

  • Aramark CEO Eric Foss retires
  • E*Trade CEO Karl Roessner leaves
  • Yum! Brands CEO Greg Creed retires
  • Chief point: The role of gender (By Chris Groening)
  • By the numbers: Why the CEO of HSBC is sad to leave
  • Standpoint: When the CEO says: “I’m off then”

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August 4, 2019

One in two CEOs steps down under high pressure

  • In-depth analysis of 515 CEO departures in the U.S. from the past 24 months
  • Around 2.9% of CEOs have been ousted with a specific reference to misconduct
  • Female CEOs are obviously more likely to be pushed out than male CEOs
  • CEOs of energy and consumer goods companies are feeling the heat

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August 1, 2019

Mixed midsummer for CEOs

  • Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter retires
  • TD Ameritrade CEO Tim Hockey steps down
  • Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard retires
  • Chief point: Lessons from the departure of the BMW boss (By Jo Whitehead)
  • By the numbers: Why Harald Krüger gives way at BMW
  • Standpoint: When CEOs get older and come to rest

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July 1, 2019

Hot start of summer for CEOs

  • Alliance Data CEO Ed Heffernan resigns
  • LabCorp CEO Dave King retires
  • Casey’s CEO Terry Handley retires
  • Chief point: Are boards proactive or reactive to industry shifts? (By David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan)
  • By the numbers: Ambivalent CEO departure at ABN Amro
  • Standpoint: Warm words, cold shoulder

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June 1, 2019

Cool end of spring for CEOs

  • Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Steven Temares leaves
  • Symantec CEO Greg Clark resigns
  • Fluor CEO David Seaton steps down
  • Chief point: The shelf life of Mark Zuckerberg (By Harry Garretsen and Janka Stoker)
  • By the numbers: When mighty old men have to let go
  • Standpoint: Form is the highest content

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May 1, 2019

Pressure on CEOs stabilizes at marginally elevated level

  • Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees leaves
  • Paccar CEO Ron Armstrong retires
  • Celanese CEO Mark Rohr steps aside
  • Chief point: CEO pay — The rewards of power (By Harry Garretsen and Janka Stoker)
  • By the numbers: ABB — Hot seat in Zurich
  • Standpoint: Free will and personal constraints

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April 1, 2019

Pressure on CEOs is significantly elevated

  • Bloomin’ Brands CEO Liz Smith leaves her post
  • Cantel CEO Jorgen Hansen resigns
  • Eagle Materials CEO Dave Powers retires
  • Chief point: Kingfisher — A case study of the effects of CEO bias (By Jo Whitehead)
  • By the numbers: Why the Brenntag CEO is leaving
  • Standpoint: Why CEOs let themselves be fired

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March 1, 2019

Mixed winter’s end for CEOs

  • Colgate-Palmolive CEO Ian Cook steps down
  • Cognizant CEO Frank D’Souza steps down
  • Arconic CEO Chip Blankenship leaves
  • Chief point: The Push-out Score and its relationship with stock performance (By Dirk Schiereck)
  • By the numbers: Germany’s most boring CEO change
  • Standpoint: Why crocodile tears flow when CEOs say goodbye

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February 1, 2019

Mixed start of the year for CEOs

  • PG&E CEO Geisha Williams steps down
  • MetLife CEO Steve Kandarian retires
  • Owens Corning CEO Mike Thaman retires
  • Chief point: Another CEO goes down with the ship (By David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan)
  • By the numbers: CEO change number 13 in consumer goods industry
  • Standpoint: Words on the gold scale

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January 2, 2019

Hard end of the year for CEOs

  • Bunge CEO Soren Schroder steps down
  • Akorn CEO Raj Rai retires
  • Gannett CEO Bob Dickey retires
  • Chief point: Companies seeking growth need to look hard at their top team (By Jo Whitehead)
  • By the numbers: 100 icy words
  • Standpoint: Why the language is cryptic when CEOs leave

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December 17, 2018

The most spectacular CEO changes in 2018

Campbell Soup Co., General Electric Co. and Texas Instruments Inc. are among the companies that have announced the most spectacular leadership changes in 2018.

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December 3, 2018

Stormy fall for CEOs

  • Coty CEO Camillo Pane resigns
  • McKesson CEO John Hammergren retires
  • Caesars CEO Mark Frissora leaves
  • Chief point: Female CEOs more likely to be fired (By Janka Stoker and Harry Garretsen)
  • By the numbers: Why the Greene King CEO calls time
  • Standpoint: Wer misst, misst Mist

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