Re: No surprise there
Re: AC of "If the CEO rose through the ranks..."
I once read some commentator* say most CEOs have just one trick. Their success is determined by how well they can identify a company that needs their trick, and knowing when it's done and time to move on.
* might have been Bob Cringely talking about Lou Gerstner's services-first strategy that worked at American Express and IBM, but I can't find a reference to be sure.