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Boards Of Directors As Mediating Hierarchs, Margaret M. Blair Jan 2015

Boards Of Directors As Mediating Hierarchs, Margaret M. Blair

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In June of 2014, the board of directors of Demoulas Supermarkets, Inc.-better known as Market Basket, a mid-sized chain of grocery stores in New England-decided to oust the man who had been CEO for the previous six years, Arthur T. Demoulas.' Most likely, the board of directors did not anticipate what happened next: Thousands of employees, customers, and fans of Market Basket boycotted the stores and staged noisy public protests asking the board to reinstate "Arthur T., The reaction by employees and customers made what had been a simmering, nasty, intrafamily feud within the closely held Market Basket chain ...