CEO steps down in clash of personalities

Protection of corporate culture behind decision.
By Joyce Hampton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/30/2001

Nearly two thirds of all large North American companies changed their CEO in the last five years, according to a new study. Of the CEOs who left, 90 per cent of them left voluntarily. Steve Smith was not one of those.

But it wasn’t because of anything Smith did. It was just his personality.

“His style didn’t fit,” says Siobhan Vinish, director of public relations and communications for WestJet Airlines, the company that let Smith go.