Ail to the Chief: 20 CEOs and State Heads Gone in 2010-11

Updated – It’s a bad time to be in charge. Lots of major companies have dropped CEOs for unpleasant causes in 2010-11:

Company Person Why They’re Gone
Apple Steve Jobs
BP Tony Hayward
Google Eric Schmidt
HP Mark Hurd
Léo Apotheker
Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo
T-Mobile USA Robert Dotson
Yahoo! Carol Bartz

Very strange to see the “who’s-who” list of tech – Apple, HP, Google, Nokia, Yahoo! – shaking up their leadership in the same short period.

…But then again, I’d probably rather be a fired CEO than one of the heads of state or government who either resigned or lost their posts amidst human rights outcries and widespread economic instability in 2010-11:  

Country Person Position Why They’re Gone
Chile Michelle Bachelet President
Egypt Hosni Mubarak President
Ireland Brian Cowen Taoiseach
Japan Naoto Kan Prime Minister
Jordan Samir Rifai Prime Minister
Libya Muammar Gaddafi Dictator
South Korea Chung Un-chan Prime Minister
Syria Muhammad Naji al-Otari Prime Minister
Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva Prime Minister
Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali President
United Kingdom Gordon Brown Prime Minister
United States Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House
Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh President
I find this self-selected list pretty staggering as-is. Feel free to let me know if I missed anyone important…