VIDEO: Teach Them How to Say Goodbye: Navigating a Graceful CEO Transfer Steve Shifman

Steve Shifman, Michelman

Johnny Bench played for the Cincinnati Reds for 17 years. He was a hero to his fans and a star of the game. In his last game before he retired, in 1983, he hit a home run. He was at the top of his game. Steve Shifman is a Reds fan and the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of the Board of Michelman. He learned a lot from Johnny Bench. As he felt the end of his career as CEO coming onto the horizon, he took a page from Johnny’s book - go out on top.


In this Tugboat Institute® talk, Steve shares his experience and his advice around stepping into a CEO transition with grace, with hope, and with a solid plan. He identifies the key factors that will ensure it is as smooth as possible. As he plans to hand over the reins of his Evergreen® company, he feels that he has set the stage for a successful transition and is excited for his next chapter.


Watch and be inspired to make a succession plan for your Evergreen company.

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