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Intel: Renee James (President)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this is a big quit: At the center of a larger organizational shakeup is the departure of Renee James. James indicated that she left Intel to pursue an external CEO role. Throughout her tenure at Intel, one of her more notable accomplishments was gender diversity. Under her direction Intel announced plans to spend $300 million in training and recruiting female and other underrepresented computer scientists. Why this is not as big as the top 10: Her departure may be seen as mutual, due to lower profitability and lack of growth under her...

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ESPN: Colin Cowherd (Radio Host)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this was a big quit: Colin Cowherd came to national prominence on ESPN with his daytime radio show “The Herd” that began in 2003. Over the years he accumulated millions of listeners. On the show Cowherd displayed a successful combination of sports talk with political and social opinion. Cowherd will take his talents to competitor Fox Sports and will leave a hole in ESPN Radio’s weekday lineup. His departure comes at a time when other notable personalities such as Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann also left ESPN. The biggest difference here...

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AOL: Bob Lord (President)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this was a big quit: AOL stirs up memories for many of us as the melodious yet cringing dial up sound before signing into our email accounts. While Bob Lord’s memories may not be the same as ours, he too will soon only reminiscence of AOL’s . Lord presided over AOL briefly and guided the company towards embracing automated, advertising technologies, and leading content (Huffington Post, TechCrunch, engaget.com, et al.).  Lord was instrumental AOL’s acquiring several companies, being acquired by Verizon, and he recently struck a deal for...

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Volkswagen: Martin Winterkorn (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this was a big quit: Under the leadership of Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen became the world’s top-selling automaker, a goal they expected to achieve in 2018. During his 8 years as CEO, Winterkorn steered Volkswagen towards doubling their sales, almost tripling their profits, and added a diverse line of automobiles to their collection, including the luxurious Porsche. Why this is not as big as the top 10: While Winterkorn was financially successful, there was too much of a link between him and the cheating emissions scandal affecting...

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United Airlines: Jeff Smisek (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this was a big quit:  In 1995 Jeff left his law firm to join the turbulent airline industry. Jeff Smisek began his journey as general counsel of Continental in 2010 and piloted the mega-merger with United to be. Smisek said he was drawn in by the excitement and that “being in the airline business is so much cooler than being a partner in a law firm.” At the time of the merger, Fortune magazine dubbed Smisek, “King of the Skies.” Why this is not as big as the top 10:  Unfortunately for Smisek, his reign as CEO was grounded by labor woes,...

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Reddit: Ellen Pao (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this was a big quit: After two years at Reddit and 8 months as the company’s CEO, and one of the few women leading a global top 50 website, Ellen abruptly resigned from her post. Pao was an advocate for diversity in the workplace. One of her more prominent achievements during her short tenure removed salary negotiations from the hiring process on the grounds that men achieve differences much higher than women. Why this is not as big as the top 10: Pao stepped down after receiving a lot of flak on Reddit.com discussion boards after the...

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FIFA: Sepp Blatter (President)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in 2015 contender | 0 comments

Why this was a big quit: Sepp Blatter was reelected to his fifth consecutive term as president of FIFA confirming his position as one of the most powerful men in soccer. Blatter has been a part of FIFA for over 40 years, including the past 17 years as president. Blatter increased FIFA’s revenue from $600 million to $2 billion in the past decade, and the signature World Cup soccer event in more homes than ever before. Why this is not as big as the top 10: While Blatter expanded the field of FIFA’s global and financial influence, his reelection...

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