What Does HBO’s Succession Get Right About Real-World CEO Succession?

October 14, 2021 | Publication

The second season finale of HBO’s Succession left us hanging – will ailing patriarch Logan Roy survive his eldest son’s treacherous attempt at corporate assassination?

Roy, the founder and CEO of family-owned media empire Waystar Royco, wants to turn over the keys to someone he trusts. Meanwhile, his sharp-tongued, power-hungry children and corporate hangers-on have been jockeying for position while Logan drops cryptic hints and plays them off against each other.

It’s a great set-up for a juicy, glitzy dramedy in the best tradition of evening soaps. But is this really how the corporate world operates?