The activist investor won’t beat you up like he did to the kids back in Queens, sayeth eBay CEO John Donahoe.
Bloomberg: You know that many people see Carl Icahn as a bully. To those folks who still feel that way, explain to them what’s the value of letting the fox in the henhouse?
Donahoe: Oh I don’t think it’s the fox in the henhouse. Look from the beginning I’ve had direct conversation with Carl, throughout this process. And in all those conversations he’s been respectful; he’s been thoughtful in our one-on-one conversations.
Bloomberg: So respectful, thoughtful, one-on-one but nasty and accusatory in public? I have not negotiated with Carl Icahn so I don’t know if that’s the way he rolls.
Donahoe: You know, all I know is in my direct conversation he’s been thoughtful.