New York, NY (PressExposure) January 11, 2010 -- Retensa, a leader in Talent Management Strategies and Research, publishes its annual "Biggest Quits" list. In a year characterized by concerns of job security along with unprecedented job dissatisfaction, a lucky few had the luxury to resign. What does an NFL coach defeating all 32 NFL teams, the CEO of Tyson Foods, and the Head of Sales of Google have in common? How about Oprah, a four-time Olympic gold medalist with 6000 career points in basketball, and an AIG executive? Each year, Retensa compiles a list of the top ten most noteworthy resignations across all US industries, sports, and government. If you take a look at the most influential turnover stories of 2009, this is likely the only list you'll find both Tiger Woods and a Supreme Court Justice on the same list.
The year 2009, and the first decade has been an era of juxtaposition. Extremes abound in politics, the weather, and the economy. Organizations were creative in their recovery methods while others had to sustain further layoffs. Social media caused news about those on this year's "Biggest Quits" to travel faster than ever. Organizations must now consider the pros and cons of this medium in the employer-employee relationship, policies, and branding while individuals assess which personal image to reveal.
Economic recovery may be in sight, but far enough away that voluntary executive resignation decreased from the highs we saw in 2008's review. CEOs, like the rest of the workforce, held fast as their bargaining power dwindled. As the economy warms, the horizon is likely to hold a wave of disenchanted leaders and other stars looking for something better. For 2009, Retensa proudly presents the annual publication of Retensa's Top 10 "Biggest Quits". ###
About the "Biggest Quits" List Only U.S.-based departures qualify for inclusion on Retensa's annual "Biggest Quits" List. To make the top 10, Retensa applies three criteria: (1) the magnitude of impact in the individuals' industry or field, (2) the financial loss or loss of influence of the enduring organization, and (3) the degree that the enduring organization is unprepared to respond. View and post your comments on this year's list at: http://biggestquits.blogspot.com.