A beatific Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel,
gazed out from the cover of Forbes’ December 26, 2017, issue—the
face of the colossal chipmaker, which had claimed the top spot on our inaugural “Just 100” ranking of good corpo
This June, Krzanich resigned his post after the company discovered he’d had an affair with a staffer. Another #Metoo
creep getting his comeuppance? Well, not exactly. The Just 100 encompassed firms’ efforts at community building, their environmental bona fides and their treatment of workers. Most analysts, Krzanich told us in December, look solely at the cost savings of layoffs, but “they don’t think about the employees’ longterm morale”—which is presumably boosted, one hopes, by holding even the company’s top executives to account for rules violations. So even though the affair was consensual, reportedly occurred before Krzanich was CEO and was no longer ongoing, the 36-year Intel vet was shown the door. Was his ouster just? In today’s
climate, Intel clearly couldn’t be too careful.