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9 amazing CEO recovery success stories

When someone gets appointed CEO of a major company, there are usually a number of hopefuls who are passed over. If they're internal executives, the snub likely stings, but they also become attractive candidates for other companies looking for a leader — especially since they're unlikely to land the top job at their current employer any time soon.

Here are some execs who lost out on, or got pushed out of, the top job at one company, only to rise at another, making their former employer think twice about the decision it made.