Fascitelli Moving OnAfter his departure in late February, Vornado's former CEO, Michael Fascitelli, is weighing his options. In an interview with SNL Financial, Fascitelli denied reports that his departure was the result of a disagreement with current chairman, Steve Roth. Fascitelli said, "It was just time for me to do something else. There is no fight between Steve and I. There's no disagreement." And Fascitelli was adamant that the company's investment in J.C. Penney, the financially ailing department store, had no impact on his decision. He said, "Zero, Zero. Absolutely zero. No impact." He went on:
"I don't think any of us are happy with the J.C. Penney investment, or proud of it at the moment. On a personal basis, I've been agitated and disappointed about it. But it didn't play at all in my decision to leave."The executive said that he may eventually return to the real estate business.
"I had a guy say to me, a friend of mine I went to business school with ..., he said, 'Listen. This is what you're really good at. You're not that good at golf. You're not good at anything else. On a scale of 1 to 10, you're an 11. Take some time off, rejuvenate and come back.' So that's probably the most practical thing, but who knows."