They say timing is everything. There was quite a response to my comments in the major AP report on executive compensation, which was picked up by hundreds of newspapers in dozens of countries. All kinds of journalists, academics and TV producers began contacting me and sending emails —a minor bombardment actually. Plain speaking about the realities —and dangers— of CEO pay abuse from a pro-business advocate of responsible capitalism is something media folk seem to find refreshing, if not rather unusual. But all this reaction came in exactly the week I long ago arranged to take some vacation time. I wouldn’t have minded so much until CNBC called wanting me to be on The Closing Bell the same day —with Maria Bartiromo. Needless to say, being some distance from anything even remotely resembling a TV studio made the invitation impossible to accept and the Maria moment flew as fast as it arrived.
Still, it was nice to be asked. Some people return from a week in the wilds with a big fish story. I have my Maria story.