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A look back at some major CEO flameouts

Wednesday - 4/10/2013, 6:34am  ET

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, file photo, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The Internet company hired technology veteran Bartz in 2009, with the goal of bringing in a no-nonsense leader who would develop a clear vision. Bartz shook up Yahoo's management and instituted a cost-cutting program that helped boost the company's earnings. But revenue failed to grow even as the online ad market grew at a rapid clip. After more than 2 ½ years of financial lethargy, Yahoo fired Bartz in 2011.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ron Johnson's short-lived tenure as J.C. Penney's CEO will go down as one of the biggest flameouts in corporate America. The former Apple executive was hailed as a big thinker when he was hired by the ailing department store chain but his radical moves ended up alienating shoppers, sent sales plunging and left the company in an even worse situation.

He lasted 17 months.

But Johnson isn't the only executive to be pushed out after failing to live up to big expectations. Here's a look at some major ousters in recent times.

CAROL BARTZ, YAHOO

The Internet company hired technology veteran Bartz in 2009, with the goal of bringing in a no-nonsense leader who would develop a clear vision. Bartz shook up Yahoo's management and instituted a cost-cutting program that helped boost the company's earnings. But revenue failed to grow even as the online ad market expanded at a rapid clip.

Bartz, known for her very direct approach and sometimes-colorful language, stressed that a turnaround would take time and pleaded for patience from shareholders, pointing out that it took Steve Jobs years to revive Apple after his return in 1997.

But after more than 2
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