Walmart’s CEO Ranks in Top 5 CEOs that Should be Fired
Posted on May 15, 2012 by jway
Forbes recently published a Top 5 CEOs that Should Have Already Been Fired list. The CEOs that topped the list were not guilty of just one blunder, but were considered for the long-term damage they have done. Unsurprisingly, Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke made the cut at a respectable #3.
These 5, frequently honored for their position, control of resources and personal wealth, are doing horrific damage to their companies, hurting investors, employees, suppliers and the communities that rely on their organizations. They should have been fired long before this week.
Mike Duke most recently came under fire for his questionable handling (or should we say possible cover up?) of the alleged bribery scandal in Mexico. Recently, an employee-led petition garnered over 15,000 signatures calling for his resignation in light of the scandal.
We now know Mr. Duke’s business unit saw no problems with bribing foreign officials to grow its business. Just on the basis of knowing about illegal activity, not doing anything about it (and probably condoning and recommending more,) and then trying to change U.S. law to diminish the legal repercussions, Mr. Duke should have long ago been fired.
The article, however, points to a questionable business strategy as grounds for firing Duke long before the scandal was reported.
Unfortunately, WalMart peaked at about $70 in 2000, and has been flat ever since. Investors have gained nothing from this strategy, while employees often work for wages that leave them on the poverty line and without benefits. Scandals across all management layers are embarrassing. Communities find Walmart a mixed bag, initially lowering prices on some goods, but inevitably gutting the local retailers and leaving the community with no local market suppliers. WalMart needs an entirely new strategy to remain viable – and that will not come from Mr. Duke. He should have been gone long before the recent scandal, and surely now.
With a resume like Duke’s, it makes you wonder what a CEO’s got to do to land the #1 slot.
*All indented quotes above are from the Forbes article Oops! Five CEOs Who Should Have Already Been Fired (Cisco, GE, WalMart, Sears, Microsoft)