Management Turnover as Change Agent

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Poor Earnings - CEO change?

Are we beginning to see some change in the top management environment? Throughout the current recession we have seen Eric Clausmost public companies stay with their top management even as their firms continued to show weak results. Just lately, we have begun to see some companies that have fared poorly lately experience changes at the top. In my previous post, I examined the change at Nokia after poor performance. Now we have the announcement that Eric Claus the CEO of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (known as A&P) GAP (NYSE) will be leaving his position immediately. Claus’ departure comes as the company’s performance continues to slide. One Year Stock Performance of A&PWhile the change might not be considered a huge surprise it comes without a real successor ready to take Claus’ position. In the interim, A&P will be run by Executive Chairman and former CEO, Christian W.E. Haub. According to a story in the Wall Street Journal byKelly Nolan and Veronica Dagher,

Haub is also partner and co-CEO of Tengelmann Warenhandelsgesellschaft KG, A&P’s largest shareholder.

We may start to see more and more changes at the top of companies that fail to perform up to expectations.

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