The Top 10 Worst High-Tech Execs

When a company doesn't perform as predicted, stock prices decrease and there is a lack of luster, who's to blame? Often the CEO catches the flak -- after all, he or she is at the helm, steering the company into rough waters, right?

Forget the soft stuff. Based purely on numbers and performance, a new survey conducted by Computer Reseller News ranks 998 high-tech company CEOs, and actually named the top 10 worst CEOs. They are:

  • Norman Gaut, PictureTel
  • Robert Madge, Madge Networks
  • William Larsen, Network Associates
  • Paul Allaire, Xerox
  • Larry Weinbach, Unisys
  • Carol Bartz, Autodesk
  • Eric Schmidt, Novell
  • Gerald Hsu, Avant
  • Peter Karmanos, Compuware
  • Jim Meadlock, Intergraph

    Some of the CEOs ranked near the bottom have already left their companies--either by force or voluntarily. This includes Dwight Steffensen, former CEO of Merisel, and Jerre Stead, former CEO of Ingram Micro.

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