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Letter to the editor: Imagine similar scenario in business

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

Imagine this: Any CEO who has a department that admits it has harassed customers based on political stance, whose IT department commits illegal phone tapping on the local news media and four of his outside salesmen died on the road.

And then this CEO constantly claims, “I didn’t know,” every time he’s confronted about it. Then he directs marketing to say that all of those issues are irrelevant. Even one of his top executives screams in a news interview, “What difference does it make?”

Then you find out that the company is in debt by the millions of dollars and millions of dollars more have been wasted on unproven technology.

The CEO panders to the competition — even apologizing for his company’s successes over the years. He then puts practices in place to dilute his company’s capacity to prosper.

Jobs are eliminated and not replaced. Expenses continue to outpace sales.

This CEO would still be employed, right? The board of directors would call him inspirational and visionary, right? He’s broken no laws, right? Stockholders would have no problem with his lavish parties, vacations, and golfing trips on the company dime, right?

Jim Johnson