It’s been a weird day; we have had two high profile resignations today here in Washington, DC.
First, retired US Army Gen David Petraeus, former commander of US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned today as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency citing an extramarital affair. I suppose if you are European, I’m sure this seems baffling… but that’s just how we roll over here in America.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus says. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”
Not everyone thinks the President should have accepted Petraeus’ resignation over a personal matter like this.
“I wish President Obama had not accepted this resignation, but I understand and respect the decision,” says Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat, California), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Later this evening, Lockheed announced that Chris Kubasik, their designated heir to CEO Bob Steven has resigned after an internal investigation determined that he had violated company ethics policies. Apparently, he had “a close personal relationship with a subordinate employee.”
So Kubasik is out, Marillyn Hewson will instead become the new CEO. Stevens will stick around as executive chairman to help smooth over the transition.