A funny take on CEO antics over the year…
Change of Flight Plan
Boeing’s board brought Harry Stonecipher out of retirement in late 2003 to rescue its then scandal-tainted image. But Stonecipher failed to follow the company’s ethical guidelines, resigning on March 6 after an extramarital affair with a Boeing executive. The company all but slapped him with a scarlet A in an unusually candid press release.
• Too Sexy for His Staff
American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was named in two sexual harassment suits in May. Among the allegations: that Charney conducted job interviews in his underwear and gave employees vibrators. Charney denied the charges. He told a reporter, “I don’t think I go over the line. Sexuality and sexual words become part of the daily banter of work life in any free society.”
• Private Property
His ouster from AIG was so abrupt that former CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg left without his personal effects. After weeks of negotiations, the company finally let him retrieve, among other things, the health records of his pet Maltese, Snowball, his monogrammed towels-and some unspecified “underwear.”
• A Picture Is Worth …
Surveillance cameras at Hollinger Inc.’s Toronto headquarters caught former CEO Conrad Black red-handed in May making off with cartons of files through a back door, flouting a court order while under criminal and securities investigations. The cameras had been installed earlier that day.
• Gender Bender
Speaking to reporters about driver Danica Patrick’s strong Indy 500 finish in June, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone said she was “super” before suggesting that “women should all be dressed in white like all other domestic appliances.” He repeated the remark to a puzzled Patrick in a phone call later that week.
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