Hi, PC-WELT readers!
Please read my "NOTE" at the bottom. This is my personal blog, and I do not speak on behalf of Opera Software. Also keep in mind the little thing PC-WELT forgot to tell you, namely that the CEO was never asked to step down in the first place.
Before the annual General Meeting last week, Norwegian newspaper "Dagens Næringsliv" reported that there was a possible shareholder uproar after our CEO had fired the board when it asked him to step down as CEO. The news spread quickly here in Norway, and rumours popped up everywhere. People jumped to conclusions, of course, and long articles were written on the subject. Everyone had an opinion, and our CEO was portrayed in a, let's say, less than flattering light.
The news also started spreading internationally:
So the General Meeting was held, and what happened? No action what so ever. The shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favour of the new board. Only 0.16 per cent of the shareholders at the meeting voted against the new board.
Where did the shareholder uproar go? 0.16 per cent is an uproar?
According to E24.no, the CEO was never asked to step down in the first place (text in Norwegian). And since he was never asked to step down, why would he fire the board for asking him to step down?
Slow news week over at "Dagens Næringsliv"?
Oh, and the former chairman of the board had this to say about the situation after having been replaced:
I think the new board will work well. Bill is definitely qualified as chairman. He's a real fox and has a large network in the US.
Bill (William Raduchel) is the new chairman of the board. "He's a real fox" is a Norwegian expression I guess.
I wish I could say that I am disappointed in the press, but I am sadly not surprised that they would make up stuff to get more readers. I have friends who are journalists, and I hope and trust that they are better than this. It's too bad that a few bad apples make everyone look bad.
Does the press ever apologize?
Note: I don't know anything beyond what's been written in the media, and I feel I must remind everyone that I am speaking on my own behalf here, and not on behalf of Opera Software. I also realize that not everyone in the company will think it's a good idea to blog about this, which is why I point out that this is my personal blog, and I don't have anything new to bring to the table apart from certain new facts that seem to be largely ignored by both Norwegian and international press.