Departing Novartis Chairman Vasella: The Press Makes You A Hero, Then A Villain
In the event that maybe my own writing on Dan Vasella, the departing Novartis chief executive, was overly hagiographic this morning, I thought Vasella's own thoughts about the media might be worth hearing -- and I found them via this McKinsey interview: Daniel Vasella: People have a legitimate demand for access to the CEO. But you have to modulate that so you avoid overexposure. To the media, you are a product. And the press will paint you as either a hero or a villain—whatever sells. So if they paint you as a hero today, you should be prepared to be painted as a villain tomorrow. Not everything you do will work out every time, and you have to accept that people will be unfair.