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Factors in Top Executive Turnover: An Empirical Analysis of the Italian Listed Firms

  • Ottorino Morresi

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    (Università degli Studi di Macerata)

This paper aims to study the existing link between CEOs turnover and several variables that could explain the exit of a CEO. The survey takes performance measures into account as main variables. Besides performance variables the study includes: ownership structure variables; variables that highlight personal features of a CEO and the composition of the board; firm variables. The number of sampled Italian companies ranges from 134 to 218 over the period 1996-2002. Accounting returns explain the turnover much better than market measures of performance; CEOs of stateowned firms change more frequently than others; the stake of minority shareholders is positively related to the turnover; the presence of syndicates negatively affects the turnover. In Italy, accounting returns “count” much more than market-based performances.

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Volume (Year): 95 (2005)
Issue (Month): 6 (November-December)
Pages: 105-133

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