轉載自 世界公民 College
The Biggest CEO Screw-Ups of 2011
Masataka Shimizu, head of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., known as Tepco, largely disappeared from public view after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami set off the worst radiation release since Chernobyl. Subsequently, reports surfaced that senior Tepco engineers had known for years that five of the company’s ten nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture had a dangerous design flaw. But the company failed to make upgrades, dooming the reactors to a series of meltdowns and explosions when the 45-foot tsunami hit. Shimizu resigned in May.
William Weldon, the CEO of Johnson & Johnson, is also on the list. International consumer and environmental groups have been pressing J&J to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from baby products, including Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Though the chemicals have been eliminated from products in several other countries, including the U.K and South Africa, J&J has yet to alter its baby products in the U.S.
Rupert Murdoch also makes the list, for his regrettable handling of the phone-hacking scandal at his News of the World British tabloid. After the scandal broke last summer, Murdoch allowed his employees to hire a private investigator to hack into the voicemail of missing 13-year-old Milly Dowler. The investigator deleted messages, giving the murdered girl’s family false hope that she was alive and checking messages.
Michael Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-CEOs of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, were “unable to do anything right in 2011.” While facing relentless competition from Apple’s iPhone and iPad and Google’s Android devices, RIM’s PlayBook tablet sold poorly, as did its many handset models. In October, RIM endured a three-day network outage. Rim’s shares also tumbled more than 70% this year.
黑莓機公司RIM的雙總裁Michael Lazaridis與Jim Balsillie在2011年沒做過一件對的事。去年，黑莓機完全招架不住蘋果與谷歌手機系統，而旗下的PlayBook更是銷售慘淡。RIM在八月居然出現三天的網路中斷，而它的股價也在今年大跌70%。
Brian Moynihan of Bank of America also deserves to be on the list. In late September, the bank announced it would charge many customers a $5 monthly fee to use their debit cards. In early November, the bank said it would cancel the fee. President Obama called the fee “not good business practice.”