What happens to compliance when the CEO and her boyfriend collaborate to create a culture of secrecy and fear?
“Partners in Blood,” The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2018 C1. Reports from the trenches at Theranos, which said it was able to run a range of tests from a few drops of blood; it couldn’t. SEC charges company with fraud, and investors lose millions.
While the implications of a relationship of the CEO goes to Governance, are there also links to Compliance and Information? What impact did the culture have on the company’s compliance? How do investors know about the nature of a CEO’s personal relationships leaking into the corporate environment?
Who should have seen this and reported it to someone? Why didn’t the directors smell a rat?