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Leaving responsibly but not foolishly

CEOs take risks by telling boards about job searches; tips for making a good good-bye

May 30, 2014
By Lori Sharn 

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Should a CEO ever tell the board of directors that he or she is looking at another job?

This is a conundrum for some top executives—especially those at groups with limited staff and resources—who are ready to move on to bigger challenges and higher pay. They wonder whether leaving responsibly includes giving the board a heads up.

The answer, according to recruiters, board experts and some recent job changers queried by CEO Update: