In the wake of the financial crisis that brought some of Wall Street's biggest firms to their knees and sparked a wave of sweeping regulatory changes, a new report from The Conference Board shows that companies are no longer hesitant to dismiss CEOs for cause.

The Conference Board's 2011 CEO Succession Report took a close look at succession events regarding CEOs at S&P 500 firms over the past decade and found that from 2006 through 2009 -- the peak years of the financial crisis -- found that nearly 80% of all succession events were associated with CEO dismissals.

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