Chief Executive reports David Williams’ comments on Athenahealth CEO departure

June 17, 2018

Jonathan Bush was forced out of his leadership role at Athenahealth. Chief Executive ran a story on how other CEOs can avoid a similar fate.

In both cases, Sonnenfeld says the boards didn’t have the fortitude to stand up to the attacks. David E. Williams, president, Health Business Group in Boston, similarly seen this scenario play out before where a founding CEO is ousted by investors.

“It actually usually happens at an earlier stage than what you’re seeing here. What’s so noticeable here is that [the CEO] has been involved with the company for a long time and is a large publicly-traded company,” Williams says.