Mette Lausten

" CEO turnover, firm performance and corporate governance"
JEL codes: G32; L2; J33
Keywords: CEO turnover; Corporate governance; Ownership structure

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between the replacement of CEO's and corporate performance in Danish firms. We use unique longitudinal data set to test the hypothesis that CEO turnover is inversely related to firm performance. Evidence is provided using several measures of corporate performance and corporate governance. The results are consistent with the principal-agent theory: The threat of turnover ensures that CEO's act in the interest of the shareholders. Moreover, the position of the chair of the board and family ties within the management and ownership of the company strengthen the relationship between CEO turnover and firm performance.