What can one say about a board that fires the CEO by phone call?  It opens the directors to accusations of insensitivity and ham-handed PR.  Yes, there was urgency to relay the decision to the now-departed CEO of Yahoo, but couldn’t someone have arranged a face-to-face meeting in the nearest airport?  There is never a good way to tell someone she is fired, but it reflects on the person who does the dismissal by how it is done.  Even if the board was deeply unhappy with her lack of effectiveness and wanted to act immediately, a few extra hours to travel to see her personally would have been a more personal touch that reflected better on the directors.  The next CEO of Yahoo, if there is one, will know that the board can act precipitously.  Maybe that is for the best, but no one would blame a new CEO for looking over his shoulder.

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