How much he failed. Dunn left the company following an "extremely close" relationship he had with a 29-year-old employee. Yesterday, the company released the result of an internal investigation of the relationship, which said he violated company policy by "engaging in an extremely close personal relationship with a female employee that negatively impacted the work environment." Employees said the behavior between the two was distracting and disturbing, according to Forbes' Erin Carlyle, though it was apparently consensual. “During one four-day and one five-day trip abroad during 2011, the CEO contacted the female employee by cell phone at least 224 times, including 33 phone calls, 149 text messages, and 42 picture or video messages," she reports. "In one instance, several photographs were discovered on the CEO’s personal cell phone that contained messages expressing affection, one of which included the female employee’s initials." Best Buy's founder released a statement saying the conduct was "totally unacceptable."
How golden is his parachute? $6.6 million.
Executive: Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo
How much he failed: He was only CEO of four months until he got fired for mishandling a scandal over his academic credentials. (His Yahoo bio said he had dual degrees in computer science and accounting but he only has a degree in accounting.)
How golden is his parachute? $7 million. Though he won't be getting a severance, Business Insider's Owen Thomas reports that he'll walk away with a cool $7 million. "He negotiated those amounts when he signed on as a 'make-whole' bonus to compensate him for cash and stock awards he left behind when he joined Yahoo from eBay's PayPal subsidiary." The breakdown of that number is $1.5 million in cash and $5.5 million in restricted stock.
Rebekah Brooks, News International chief
How much she failed: Hmm. So many ways. But today, news comes that Brooks and her husband Charlie will be charged with "perverting the course of justice." This, of course, happened during the epic investigation of the British phone-hacking scandal embroiling the newspapers of News International.
How golden is her parachute? $2.7 million and the use of an office. That was Brooks' severance according to The Guardian.
Executive: Andrew Moss, CEO of Aviva Group
How much he failed: Moss led the insurance company during a 60 percent decline in its share price, which led to a shareholder revolt and his ouster.
How golden is his parachute? $2.8 million, according to The Guardian.
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