The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (MW): Parting Sorrows Not Always So Sweet for Company Founders

Naturally, Warren Buffett does things differently, tending to leave management in place when he buys a business through Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A), though when it comes the investment vehicle he founded, he likes the control he retains, thank you very much.

Breakups are such messy affairs, and The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW)’s board was probably prodded to reveal the dark underside surrounding the collapse of the relationship because of how it was being portrayed during Zimmer’s media tour. Investors would do well to realize that outsized egos go hand in hand with the personalities needed to grow a business, and when the self gets in the way of the larger company vision, it’s often necessary to sever the ties that bind.

The clothier’s stock had pulled back 8% since Zimmer’s ouster, no doubt because the board kept everyone in the dark. With greater insight into the causes of the falling out, The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW) just might be ready for a buttoned-up performance.

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