By Nina Hendy
For executives, a marriage breakdown could have ramifications for a company - but how much to share and when should you step back?
In January 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce the dissolution of his 25-year marriage to MacKenzie Bezos. The tweet had been intended to steady the corporate ship, but it sparked media scrutiny about the division of the couple’s vast fortune. In 2017, Dominos Pizza chief Don Meij sold shares worth $53.8 million to “fund option exercises, tax liabilities from his options and a divorce settlement”.
There are some benefits to informing your employer and colleagues about a separation.
Not every divorce will have the impact of the Bezos or Meij split, and how to handle news of divorce is an individual decision. But for executives, the toll of a marriage breakdown could have ramifications for a company.
Divorce can be an emotional roller coaster, with the potential to affect decision making. Some might need to take time…