Even though I'm back on the East Coast today I wanted to share what I think is an interesting anecdote from my time Monday at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference which is wrapping up in San Francisco.
Over the years I've interviewed CEOs of big caps, mid caps, small caps and micro caps. And almost always the CEO is accompanied by at least one handler--either an executive assistant or a PR person. Oftentimes, there's an entourage. And the number of people in the posse is not necessarily proportionate to the size of the company.
At JPM Monday, we interviewed more than half-a-dozen CEOs or top-level execs. One of them was the President, COO and CEO-designate, John Lechleiter, of Eli Lilly . The big pharma company has the biggest market cap of the firms we highlighted that day. So, I expected him to be surrounded by his people.