Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2006 (Revised July 2013)

Kerr-McGee

by Robin Greenwood and Andre F. Perold

Abstract

Activist investors Carl Icahn and Barry Rosenstein acquire a stake in Oklahoma-based company Kerr-McGee. They demand two board seats and ask the company to make several operational and financial changes, including the repurchase of equity and divestiture of their chemicals business. The case protagonist, Luke Corbett, CEO, opposes these changes.

Keywords: Restructuring; Chemicals; Equity; Investment; Governance Controls; Managerial Roles; Chemical Industry; Energy Industry; United States;

Citation:

Greenwood, Robin, and Andre F. Perold. "Kerr-McGee." Harvard Business School Case 207-020, November 2006. (Revised July 2013.)