Tim Cook, authenticity and America's (slowly) changing corporate culture


For years, John Browne led two lives. In public, Browne pretended to be "asexual" while he ran BP, one of the largest corporations in the world. He lived with his mother and took her to business events in lieu of a date. In private, and only in private, John Browne was gay.

The idea of bringing both of these lives together seemed impossible at the time. As the company's CEO in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Browne worried that publicly opening up about his sexuality would damage BP and perhaps ends his career

"My suppliers will leave, my customers will leave. [Competitors] would think I was weak. Foreign governments would stop doing business with me," Browne told Mashable in an interview, recalling his many fears from that era Read more...

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