Bill Roper spoke with Deloitte Advisory’s Mike Kearney about stepping into the role of CEO at Verisign in 2007 in the midst of stock option backdating allegations. Faced with addressing short-term issues related to the investigation, Verisign framed the crisis with an eye on the long game as well: helping the company restructure and better position itself for the future.
“Nobody chooses a crisis as a change agent. But sometimes a crisis chooses you.”
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