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To Tell or Not to Tell?

Oct 07, 2010

Some tech CEOs are more forthcoming than others about their illness.

Kenneth Oshman
Oshman, chairman and then CEO of electricity-grid equipment maker Echelon, put out a press release in November 2009 that he was suffering from lung cancer. The release stated that the cancer was “both treatable and curable.”

Steve Jobs
The Apple CEO informed his board that he had cancer in 2003, but a public disclosure was not made by Apple until August 2004 after Jobs had undergone surgery. Jobs had a liver transplant in April 2009.

Andy Grove
When Grove, then CEO of Intel, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1995, he made no formal disclosure. The public learned of it in a 1996 article that Grove wrote for Fortune.

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