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Live Chat: Jeroen van der Veer: Why does he not step down himself and admit he was not up to the task?

Guest 2770: 28 July 2006

Shell Shocked: “This company has been losing ground now for many years, and I don’t like that,” says Jeroen van der Veer, the 58-year-old chief executive. “I didn’t see the reserves crisis as something isolated–no, I think the whole company was losing ground. We knew it, but we kept on doing more of the same.”

Any other minion who knew he was losing ground but still continued in same fashion would have been sacked. Why does he not step down himself and admit he was not up to the task? Or does he like the status and is convinced the others are even worse? With bright micromanagers like Brinded around he may well be right. And not being in control may increase the chance of having to go to jail?

 

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