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— In spring of 2001, the company announced that Blank and Wilson were leaving as boardmembers. "I made a decision not to stand for reelection when Nardelli came on board. I was not aligned," says Wilson. She continued her banking career. In San Diego, she has been president of San Diego Opera and a boardmember of the Neurosciences Institute, among many things.

Blank went on to become owner of the Atlanta Falcons, a professional football team.

Nardelli went on to well-compensated infamy. Under him, the company spent $6 billion buying companies so Home Depot could sell to the construction trades -- not just to consumers. It hasn't worked well. As the stock languished, shareholders had questions. But Nardelli wouldn't answer them. At last year's annual meeting, he ran the show himself, telling boardmembers not to show up. He let shareholders ask only a few questions. They were miffed. Less than a year later, he was gone.

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