Well, as prophesied by the oracle of the Silicon Valley Warrior, Tony Hayward is stepping down as CEO of BP and Robert Dudley has move up onto the throne. Wasn’t there a Robert Dudley fooling around in Elizabethan England?
And Tone? He’ll be sent off to Siberia (or a place like that) to drill oil. A friend of mine spent some time out in the middle of the Russian oil fields. They are on the great endless and pitiless plains of Asia. In the truest sense, Tone is being sent to Siberia. He wanted his life back but now he’ll never get it. Not unless he quits. My best guess is that this is a transitional or bridge job until something more suitable can be found like Tierra Del Fuego or termination. He can stare at Antarctica across the Southern Ocean.
It’s endsville for Tone.
If he were truly a beast of prey, he wouldn’t stand for it. He would resign and still collect is sizable severance. But he seems to want to stay. He is in truth a zoo animal waiting for the next meal. The board wants him to go away and so they’ll bury him in “Siberia”. But they will never forget. He may believe he’ll be back but nit under this administration. If he resigned and went to another competitor or started his own company, the chances of a comeback are better. The great ones learn and do come back. The mediocre ones just slip into obscurity.
They could all learn from Marius of ancient Rome. Seven times consul. He was written off again and again but always came back. At the end he was little more than a viscous dictator but he died in power, not out of it.