CEOs gone wild

Pop quiz: Who makes millions of dollars a year for shooting themselves in the foot? Our nation's CEOs -- or at least the ones who work for BP, AT&T, Facebook, and Microsoft

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After that news became public, AT&T issued its own damage-control apology. (The boys at eSarcasm also offered up a list of 10 other things you can do to get AT&T mad at you.)

Meanwhile, there's Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who engaged in a sweaty, evasive, totally unconvincing interview with Walt "Billy Goat" Mossberg and Kara "The Swish" Swisher at the All Things Digital confab. Kara actually made him take off his hoodie because he was perspiring so much.

Facebook has yet to issue a damage-control apology for a) its reckless data practices, b) Zuckerberg's sweatiness, or c) his hoodie. However, there is no truth to the rumor that Zucky has been signed to star in a series of new Axe Dry antiperspirant ads [video].

We finish with our favorite CEO bad boy, Steve "The Mad" Ballmer, the grandmaster of fear, uncertainty, doubt, and excessive bodily fluids (FUDEBF). At that same confab he admitted Windows Mobile is in fifth place in the smartphone platform market, but failed to acknowledge that number four is "other." He also called the Apple iPad "just another PC." Ouch. At least he didn't call it just another Windows PC. That would have really hurt.

Got other examples of CEOs behaving like spoiled children? Post them below or email me:

This story, "CEOs gone wild," was originally published at Read more of Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog.

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