quote: Do you really think that CEOs are such valuable people, capable of doing jobs that only a few hundred people could possibly do, that there's a sensible bidding war between companies for their services?
quote: It's not a matter of how much money they made the company as in your example of GE's increase in market value during Jack Walsh's tenure (and, btw, I would think that shareholders would be more interested in profitability than increase in market value, most of which would come at the cost of diluting their share of the company), it's rather a matter of how much money they make the company above a "journeyman" replacement.
quote: As far as Mayer, I agree that celebrity probably is a huge factor in the consideration. Look at how much Carly Fiorina made. There seems to be a clamor to put a woman as a CEO, and there are only a certain number of them they feel comfortable giving a job to. I mean look at how much money Danica Patrick makes without winning a race.