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Not very many people know or remember who these executives are because there are no Academy Awards in business and no Super Bowls. There's no reason to remember. But WE remember, and we know what happened, because we were right there on the train when it ran off the tracks. Not that we were asked to help steer it. That wasn't our job (as we were clearly told). Our job was to secure the luggage and prepare for impact. Then after that, our job was to clean up the mess, fix the tracks, replace the equipment, and get the trains running on time again......... All Aboard!

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This Honor Roll is for the CEOs of big companies. Big companies like the ones these CEOs run employ over 60% of all private sector jobs in the U.S. Each of these CEOs was--or is--paid many millions to make sure that nothing bad happens at their companies. But something bad DID happen at all of these companies--things the CEOs didn't fix. Maybe it's their fault. Or maybe it's not: Indeed some of these CEOs are still viewed by the market as the best thing since stock options. However, each of them has left one or more messes behind them; messes that everyone below them or after them has had to clean up. 


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​​​Brooks McCormick—International Harvester
James Dutt—Beatrice Foods
James Ling—LTV
Walter Wriston—Citibank
Warren Anderson—Union Carbide
Alfred Brittain—Bankers Trust
John Stumpf—Wells Fargo
Roger Smith—GM
Hamish Maxwell—Philip Morris
David Roderick—US Steel
A.W. Clausen—Bank of America
Harold Geneen—ITT
Gaylord Freeman—First National Bank of Chicago
Ralph DeNunzio—Kidder Peabody
Michael Carpenter—Kidder Peabody
Kenneth Olson—Digital Equipment
William Seawell—Pan Am
Roger Andersen—Continental Illinois
Bob Stempel—GM
Frank Lorenzo—Eastern Airlines

Sanford Weill--Citibank
Al Dunlap—Scott Paper
John F. McGillicuddy—Manufacturers Hanover Trust
Bill Agee—Bendix
David Lewis—General Dynamics
John Akers—IBM
William L. Brown—First National Bank of Boston
James Robinson—American Express
Walter Connolly—Bank of New England
Lawrence Fish—Bank of New England,

David Lewis--General Dynamics 
John Gutfreund—Salomon Brothers
Jeffrey Immelt—General Electric
Bob Eaton—Chrysler
Dick Cheney—Halliburton
William Galvin—Motorola

Al Dunlap--Sunbeam
John Meriwether—Long Term Capital Mgmt
Douglas Danforth--Westinghouse
Richard Flamson—Security Pacific

Frank Lorenzo--TWA
Paul Allaire—Xerox
An Wang—Wang Labs
Alvin V. Shoemaker—First Boston

Donald Rumsfeld--G.D. Searle

Bill Agee--Morrison-Knudsen

John Thain--Merrill Lynch

John Antioco--Blockbuster

Frank Lorenzo--Continental Airlines
Jack Welch—General Electric

Theodore C. Rogers--NL Industries

Willard C. Butcher--Chase Manhattan Bank



                                                 

                                                                                      

Vice Presidents Anonymous is a conversation by and for corporate managers on the firing line. ​It is a private organization. Participation is free. Participation is anonymous.  

​Welcome to Vice Presidents Anonymous!

We believe in the fundamental value of enlightened management at all levels of the corporation: Vision, commitment, quality, discipline, ethics, hard work, team-work and personal integrity. That's right--the things that get you fired. 

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We enable corporate managers to support each other's work by sharing advice, tactics, observations, opinions, articles, books, movies, art, humor, hobbies, and reports of corporate buffoonery. We enable them to share this all anonymously.

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Step 1: We decide that getting the job done and getting it done right is the top priority.
Step 2: We assist the others who want to get the job done right.
Step 3: We acknowledge that getting the job done right is not the priority for the shareholders.

Step 4: We acknowledge that we can't make the CEO do the job right.
Step 5: We find ways to do the job right in spite of the CEO and the shareholders.
Step 6: We go to another company to do the job right. 

​​​​Chuck Prince—Citibank
Angelo Mozilo—Countrywide
Rob Levin—Fannie Mae
Carly Fiorina—HP/Compaq
Ben Heineman—Northwest Industries
Oscar Munoz—United Airlines
William Farley—Fruit of the Loom
Jon Corzine—MF Global Holdings
Lewis Glucksman—Lehman Brothers
Richard Smith—Equifax
James Cayne—Bear Stearns
Edward Brennan—Sears
Edward Lampert—K-Mart
Sanford Weill—American Express

Frank Lorenzo--New York Air
William Norris—Control Data
Fred Joseph—Drexel, Burnham, Lambert
Leona Helmsley—Helmsley Enterprises
Alan Greenspan—Federal Reserve
Travis Kalanick—Uber
Roland Arnall—Ameriquest
Franklin Raines—Fannie Mae
John Thain—Merrill Lynch
Charles Sanford—Bankers Trust
Robert Rubin—Citibank
Tony Hayward—BP

Frank Lorenzo--TWA
Jurgen Schrempp—Mercedes-Benz
Donald Rumsfeld—General Instrument

Jac Nasser—Ford
Gerald Levin—AOL Time-Warner
John Marous—Westinghouse
Steve Case—AOL

Harvey Weinstein—The Weinstein Company
Elisabeth Holmes—Theranos
Alexander Nix—Cambridge Analytica
William N. Jenkins—SeaFirst

Frank Lorenzo--People's Express
John Eyler—Toys R Us
James Keyes—Blockbuster
Kerry Killinger—Washington Mutual
Gerald Zornow—Kodak
Ben Love—Texas Commerce Bank
Richard Fuld—Lehman Brothers
Stan O’Neal—Merrill Lynch

Lawrence Fish--Citizens Bank

Edward Lampert--Sears

William G. Kuhns--General Public Utilities

Lewis Herrold Brown--Johns-Manville

Dennis Muilenburg--Boeing

Adam Neumann--Wework

Elon Musk--Solar City