Here's my summary of that event from this past August when I urged investors to sell JCP stock now:
Johnson . . . outlined his trajectory as a high-powered executive. He noted that Steve Jobs essentially questioned his sanity not only for leaving Apple (AAPL) , but leaving Apple for J.C. Penney.
Johnson told the crowd . . . that everybody thought he was nuts when he left Target (TGT) for Apple. But, as history proves, he left a strong company to help lead -- or so he thinks -- Apple's transformation.
Johnson sees himself leaving Apple at the top of its game like he claims he did Target. He went so far as to compare today's J.C. Penney to the Apple he joined in 2000. But, he made an important distinction -- by several measures JCP is better off today than Apple was at the beginning of the century.
In November, I followed up with 2012's Most Delusional CEO: Sell His Stock Now:
You're being nice if you label his presentation narcissistic and egomaniacal. You spare the man's feelings if you called him deranged while watching. And you're not being critical enough if you give his performance the benefit of the doubt.
Johnson allowed his experience at Apple to give him a false impression of himself.
Finally, the rest of the world catches on: Steve Jobs made the magic at Apple. Not Tim Cook ... And certainly not Ron Johnson.
Or did they? I cover that insanity in If Apple Hires Ron Johnson, I'll Buy a PC.