Top Stories of 2018: CEO shockers

This year has seen CEOs of various organisations, from around the world, come under the spotlight for various reasons. We round up some of the biggest stories.
By: | December 20, 2018


While former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick dominated headlines last year, this year has seen CEOs of various organisations − from around the world − come under the spotlight for various reasons.

SpaxceX CEO Elon Musk’s ‘run-in’ with NASA, as triggered by a video of him smoking ‘weed’, was the most popular story by far on − no doubt readers were intrigued to hear about the latest shenanigans the notorious businessman was up to, but also curious as to how this situation triggered a safety review at Beoing, SpaceX’s competitor.

Scroll on to catch up on that incident, along the other shocking stories about CEOs that captivated our readers this year.

  • Elon Musk video triggers NASA safety review of SpaceX and Boeing
    After a video showing SpaceX CEO Elon Musk smoking marijuana and drinking whiskey surfaced online, NASA took steps to order a series of workplace safety reviews not only at SpaceX, but also its competitor, Boeing.
  • Samsonite CEO quits following claims of résumé fraud
    Ramesh Tainwala, the CEO of luggage maker Samsonite, resigned after self-proclaimed “activist” investment fund group Blue Orca accused him of résumé fraud − specifically of misrepresenting himself as the holder of a doctorate.
  • Keep customers happy, or you’re out: Singtel-Optus CEO
    “The customer is why we exist. If you make customers unhappy, you will be sacked,” Allen Lew, CEO of Singtel Optus, reportedly told Optus employees.
  • Paytm employees arrested for blackmailing CEO
    Three people have been arrested for attempting to extort SG$280 million from Paytm’s CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, while threatening to expose stolen personal data and information. Paytm is an e-commerce payment system and digital wallet company in India, valued at more than SG$14 billion.

For more of 2018’s biggest stories, click here: Top Stories of 2018