EXECUTIVES: A Golden Handshake

There are times, in the ratified world of corporation politics, when resignation can be painful but also profitable. Last November Robert Sarnoff, chairman of the RCA Corp. and son of its redoubtable longtime chief Brigadier General David Sarnoff, quit his $326,000-a-year post after the corporation's directors refused his request for a salary boost (TIME, Nov. 17, 1975). The event had all the earmarks of a boardroom putsch. Since 1971, when RCA absorbed a $490 million pretax loss in selling off the computer business that had been Bobby Sarnoff s brainchild, there had...

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