All of them believed that the meeting was a formality — that Levinsohn was going to get the job. For the two months prior, the chairman of Yahoo’s board, Fred Amoroso, had made it clear that he was going to do everything he could to make sure Levinsohn and his team would be running the company for the foreseeable future. He told Yahoo employees this during an all-hands meeting in May.
He’d even joined a sales call to express support for Levinsohn to Yahoo advertisers — an oddly hands-on move for a chairman.
The agenda for the meeting: Levinsohn was going to brief the directors on his plan for Yahoo, should he be named permanent CEO.
Levinsohn walked into the room; all of his top executives followed.
Most of the Gordon Gekko shirts in Wall Street are what’s called “contrast collar” and “contrast cuff.” That means the body of the shirt is one color (blue, in the most famous scene) and the cuffs and collar are another (white, in that same scene).
And there was Mollie Spillman, whom he’d just made CMO.
And if that’s what you’re going for, then the Gordon Gekko style can work for you — but it’s not subtle.
Here are the key elements that make the Wall Street look so intense: The initial question we received was actually about the shirts specifically, as well as the overall look.
There was Jim Heckman, Levinsohn’s top dealmaker, who’d spent months negotiating a huge deal with Microsoft.
There was Shashi Seth, Yahoo’s top product management executive, already planning a long-needed update to Yahoo Mail and the Yahoo home page.