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San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (Power Forward/Center)

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San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (Power Forward/Center)

Why this is a big quit: While there is nothing understated about being the 1st pick in the 1997 draft, NBA rookie of the year, 5 NBA titles, 2 MVP awards, and 15 all-star appearances, you would be hard pressed to find an NBA player as low-key and as unassuming as Tim Du read more

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Tesla: John Ensign and Greg Reichow (Tesla Executives)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in 2016 contender | 0 comments

Tesla: John Ensign and Greg Reichow (Tesla Executives)

Why this is a big quit: Just as Tesla, the American automaker and energy storage company, is revving up for the challenges it is going to face in producing the Model 3, two of its top executives, John Ensign, VP of manufacturing, and Greg Reichow, VP of production, have ran out of gas and decided to call it quits. Reichow joined the company in 2011 and assumed the role of VP of production in 2013, while Ensign buckled in in 2014. Their departure comes at a particularly delicate time for Tesla, which is unveiling a new Model S sedan and...

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Google Ventures: Bill Maris (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in 2016 contender | 0 comments

Google Ventures: Bill Maris (CEO)

Why this is a big quit: In the wake of several high profile executives leaving Alphabet, including Tony Fadell, the leader of Nest and Chris Urmson, a core member of the self driving care initiative, Bill Maris decide to step down from his role as CEO of Google Ventures (GV), the corporate investment group he founded in 2009. A neuroscientist by training, Maris established GV as the preeminent investment group for many of the budding entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley just as Google established itself as the go-to search engine (Don’t believe us...

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Herbalife: Michael Johnson (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in 2016 contender | 0 comments

Herbalife:  Michael Johnson  (CEO)

Why this is a big quit: Michael Johnson took the lead at Herbalife in 2003 as only the second permanent CEO. The sudden death of Herbalife’s founder and first CEO, Mark Hughes, caused a series of short-lived interim CEOs. Johnson, a fitness enthusiast from Walt Disney, was enticed by the idea of leading a nutrition company. He is known within the organization for his rapport with staff and distributors and his charismatic leadership. Under his leadership, Herbalife annual net sales quadrupled from $1.1 billion to over $4 billion and...

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Priceline.com: Paul Hennessy (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in 2016 contender | 0 comments

Priceline.com: Paul Hennessy (CEO)

Why this is a big quit: Losing Paul Hennessy in the middle of his implementation of a turnaround was a big deal for Priceline.com. After their prior CEO was forced to resign in 2015 after “personal relationship” with another employee, Priceline.com needed stability. Hennessy named his own terms, and delivered successful marketing campaigns, which began to increase revenue. However, the stability that Hennessy provided only lasted a year, before leaving to head a $168 million venture-backed car buying service. Why this is not as big as the top...

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Weight Watchers: James Chambers (CEO)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in 2016 contender | 0 comments

Weight Watchers:  James Chambers  (CEO)

Why this is a big quit: After 3 years, James Chambers unexpectedly decided to call it quits. Don’t worry, not his diet, but to his role as CEO of Weight Watchers, the provider of weight management services founded in 1963. Chambers, a former executive at Kraft Food and Cadbury, was able to bring his knowledge and experience in the food industry to the other side of the coin, the ever-growing weight loss industry. During his tenure, Weight Watchers rolled out a new diet program and in October of 2015 Chambers welcomed Oprah Winfrey to the...

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