“Firms also often tend to change leadership at the beginning of the year, so month-to-month data can be volatile. Still, January’s numbers may hint that 2014 could outpace 2013 for executive turnover.
‘Certainly it suggests that there may be a canary in the coal mine sort of thing,’ said John A. Challenger, Challenger’s chief executive.
A total of 1,246 chief executives departed American firms in 2013, according to Mr. Challenger. That’s the highest number since 2008, when 1,484 executives left.”