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The influence of CEO departure type and board characteristics on firm performance

  • Wided Bouaine
  • Lanouar Charfeddine
  • Mohamed Arouri
  • Frédéric Teulon

This paper uses panel data from 271 U.S. firms to empirically examine the relationship between the departure of a firm’s CEO and that firm’s performance. Results of our analysis reveal a significant relationship between CEO departure type and firm performance. Specifically, we found that the departure of entrenched CEOs negatively affects current and future firm performance. Results also demonstrate that board size and the presence of independent administrators moderates the relationship between CEO departure type and firm performance. This suggests that entrenched CEOs can have informal associations with independent administrators.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-087.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 12 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-087
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