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CEOs and win at all costs—where does it lead?

Tom Fox | April 24, 2017

Does tone at the top matter? What happens if a CEO is willing to overlook illegal activity to create more business? If he does it once, will he do so again or even have a propensity to do so again? The Man From FCPA is from Houston, where the example of long-deceased Enron is never far from anyone’s mind. The CEO was so corrupt that his spirit was imbued within the senior leadership ranks where an entire level of management went to jail for accounting fraud, leading in part to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The symbol of Enron, the now-infamous Crooked E turned out to the be the right representation for the company.

While his conduct does yet rise to that of the deceased CEO of Enron Ken Lay, one can only wonder about the where the conduct and attitudes of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will lead the company. In one of the most scathing pieces on a sitting CEO recently seen in the ...

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