Carl Icahn has turned his evil eye on Dell (DELL) as its founder and CEO Michael Dell continues to fight for a deal to take the company private. If Icahn succeeds in winning over shareholders, he has made it painfully clear that someone else is going to have to run Dell instead of its namesake founder.
But who would want the job of running Dell in his stead? The company has been in a holding pattern for all of 2013 on continued drama over a buyout, which has assuredly sapped morale and sent top talent (if any is left) heading for the exits.
A buyout to go private typically comes with a host of layoffs, and surely employees see the writing on the wall. With the broader business pressures of a post-PC age coupled with stormy Carl Icahn ruling the board and a battered rank-and-file after this buyout drama … running Dell is not going to be a picnic.