Changes in upper management are always a turbulent time for any company, but a change of chief executive is downright earth-shattering and usually impacts on every area of a business.
One firm that knows this well is Symantec, after former chief executive Enrique Salem stepped down from his role at the firm three months ago after the board of directors ruled his removal was in the company's "best interests".
He was quickly being replaced by then-chairman of the board Steve Bennett (pictured), but Symantec itself never gave any clear reason for the shake up.
However, analysts were quick to note it was likely due to the company's mediocre performance under Salem's leadership.
His exit came just after Symantec released a quarterly earnings report revealing that despite a modest one per cent year-over-year revenue growth to $1.7bn, first-quarter profits had dropped 9.9 percent.
While Bennett wasn't thrust in to quite as bad a make-or-break situation as newly appointed Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, many said a change was the right decision for the firm.
"When Salem left I think it was fair to say Symantec needed a change of direction," Ovum analyst Any Kellet told V3.
"The perception was they weren't pushing forward quickly enough."
Three months and on the eve of the firm's next financial report, V3 spoke with the firm's UK chief technology officer Greg Day to see how things are changing.
He hinted that Bennett's background is already starting to seep through as the firm's culture becomes more business-orientated, rather than technology-orientated.
"He is a previous board member, he's got a lot of business nous and experience so I'm expecting him to come from a slightly different perspective," Day said.
"We were led by somebody that had a strong technology background [Salem] and now we're being driven by someone with a very strong commercial background."
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