9. Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky
Groupon (GRPN) went from being called one of the hottest startups ever to struggling big-time as Groupon CEO and co-founder Andrew Mason proved himself unfit for the C-suite. GRPN stock slid more than 80% in the months following its June 2011 IPO – one of several reasons Andrew Mason was shown the door this February.
Enter Eric Lefkofsky, a serial entrepreneur who became the new Groupon CEO and almost immediately calmed GRPN stock holders by adding focus and gravitas to the venture.
Lefkofsky doubled down in the hot mobile commerce arena and launched Groupon Freebies, which issues digital coupons and elite discounts from more than 5,000 brands and retailers. Groupon also recently acquired Boomerang, an online marketing startup that shares local gift cards.
Oh yeah, and GRPN stock has doubled since Mason was given the boot.