There’s no one who will argue it’s easy being a woman in the upper echelons of the corporate world and for years, embattled Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz seemed to exemplify the concept. Often reviled in the press for her methodology, the CEO was fired yesterday morning and held no punches letting everyone know she was none too pleased.
Shortly after being notified by Yahoo’s Chairman Roy Bostock, Bartz sent out an email to her colleagues at the company. And by colleagues, I mean every single employee at Yahoo. Each and every one.
From: “Carol Bartz” To: [email protected]
Subject: Goodbye To all, I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward. Carol
Giving some background on her firing, Kara Swisher of The Wall Street Journal writes:
Bartz was apparently on a plane today on the East coast, as was Bostock coming West, so there was no chance to meet in person. As is her tough-as-nails nature, she went for the dig anyway.
During her 32-months at Yahoo, Batz has had a rough tenure, often butting heads with senior staff and investors. In face, Yahoo stock actually went up in the moments following news breaking of Batz being let go. Still, being fired over the phone does seem like a low-ball move for someone that high up.
Was Bartz wrong for sending an email blast to staff? Do you think the Yahoo CEO reaction to being slighted was unprofessional or justified?