Stock market reactions and firm performance surrounding CEO succession: antecedents of succession and successor origin
This study investigates the effects of CEO succession on the stock and financial performance of large publicly held corporations over the years 1977-1994. Using a market signaling framework, this study examines how the stock market responds to the expected financial performance of the firm at the announcement of CEO succession. The impact of successor origin of the CEO on the financial performance of the firm is also investigated. Findings indicate that the stock market responded more favorably to the announcement of succession caused by unanticipated events than to announcements of anticipated succession. Although successions resulted in significant improvement in some aspects of financial performance, the findings could not be generalized across all financial performance measures. However, those firms with inside CEO succession performed generally better than those firms utilizing outside succession with respect to operations and profitability.