IT consulting giant Capgemini fired its chief operating officer on October 7, for thinking about taking another job.
Pierre Danon, chief operating officer at the Paris-based multinational, had applied for — but failed to get — a job at the head of hotel chain Accor, according to local newspaper reports.
Word that Danon was looking elsewhere first surfaced in a report on September 30. The hotel group’s nomination committee had already interviewed Danon and other candidates,
according to the report in Le Figaro newspaper.
At Danon’s request, Capgemini agreed not to comment on the report. It remained silent for a week, it said in a statement on October 7.
Breaking its silence, the company then announced that it would terminate Danon’s contract — although he had asked to stay — because “the necessary conditions to maintain his leadership position in the group could no longer be met”.
The company says it has no plans to replace him in the coming months.