Mad Hatter

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Mad Hatter'

A CEO or managerial team whose ability to lead a company is highly suspect. A mad hatter CEO will often make puzzling decisions which many, inside and outside the firm, may question. These types of CEOs are also known for making spontaneous decisions with little thought for the consequences. Sometimes these decisions are driven by personal incentives rather than the motivation to improve the overall performance of the company.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Mad Hatter'

Mad Hatter refers to one of the many strange characters in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." At the tea table, Alice meets the Mad Hatter, who is eternally caught in tea time and constantly quizzing Alice with nonsensical and unanswerable questions. Typically, mad hatter CEOs don't last long in their positions.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Chief Executive Officer - CEO

    The highest ranking executive in a company whose main responsibilities ...
  2. Jekyll and Hyde

    1. A slang term referring to the strengths and weaknesses of ...
  3. Bre-X Minerals Ltd.

    One of the biggest mining scams and frauds perpetrated by any ...
  4. Insider

    A director or senior officer of a company, as well as any person ...
  5. Leprechaun Leader

    A corporate manager or an executive who, like the fabled Irish ...
  6. Mobile First Strategy

    Mobile first strategy is trend in website development where designing ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Corporate Structure

    CEOs, CFOs, presidents and vice presidents: learn how to tell the difference.
  2. Investing Basics

    Elves And Gnomes: Fairy Tale Investment Terms

    What do elves have to do with investing? Meet the fairytale creatures running around Wall Street.
  3. Professionals

    Conference Call Basics

    These group calls offer investors a chance to hear management respond to analysts' hard-hitting questions.
  4. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Evaluating A Company's Management

    Financial statements don't tell you everything about a company's health. Investigate the management behind the numbers!
  5. Markets

    Get Tough On Management Puff

    Company managers are often skilled at fooling investors. Be critical and don't believe the hype.
  6. Investing

    Wizards Of Odd: A Trip To Tech Land

    I spent a couple of days in Silicon Valley, and here are some key lessons I learned after meeting with a number of tech CEOs and venture capitalist.
  7. Economics

    What is Value Added?

    Value added is used to describe instances where a firm takes a product and adds a feature that gives customers a greater sense of value.
  8. Economics

    What is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary?

    A company whose common stock is 100% owned by another company, called the parent company.
  9. Economics

    What is the Breakeven Point?

    In general, when gains or revenue earned equals the money spent to earn the gains or revenue, you’ve hit the breakeven point.
  10. Investing

    What's Marginal Revenue?

    In microeconomics, marginal revenue is the additional revenue generated by increasing sales revenue by one unit. Another way of saying this is that the marginal revenue is the revenue generated ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. DuPont Analysis

    A method of performance measurement that was started by the DuPont Corporation in the 1920s. With this method, assets are ...
  2. Asset Class

    A group of securities that exhibit similar characteristics, behave similarly in the marketplace, and are subject to the same ...
  3. Fiat Money

    Currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, but is not backed by a physical commodity. The value of fiat ...
  4. Interest Rate Risk

    The risk that an investment's value will change due to a change in the absolute level of interest rates, in the spread between ...
  5. Income Effect

    In the context of economic theory, the income effect is the change in an individual's or economy's income and how that change ...
  6. Price-To-Sales Ratio - PSR

    A valuation ratio that compares a company’s stock price to its revenues. The price-to-sales ratio is an indicator of the ...
Trading Center