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Published on April 12, 2024

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DXC Technology (DXC) Short: 46.8% Alpha Based on CEO Ability

On January 2, 2020, ManagementTrack recommended a short position on DXC Technology (DXC), focusing on the appointment of Michael Salvino as CEO. Our analysis, rooted in a detailed examination of Salvino’s career and leadership style, suggested that despite his commendable track record, the challenges at DXC were beyond the scope of his prior experiences, leading us to predict underperformance during his tenure.

ManagementTrack’s Investigative Process

  1. In-depth Interviews: Conducted with former colleagues and peers of Michael Salvino, providing insights into his leadership style, strategic thinking, and operational effectiveness.
  2. Historical Performance Review: Analyzed Salvino’s impact on previous companies, focusing on his roles at Accenture and Carrick Capital Partners, to gauge his ability to transform DXC.
  3. Comparative Analysis: Evaluated the fit between Salvino’s skills and the specific challenges faced by DXC, including the need for innovation and cultural transformation.

Why ManagementTrack Believed They Would Fail

  1. Mismatch of Experience: Salvino’s success in previous roles did not directly translate to the turnaround needed at DXC, a company struggling with deeper structural issues.
  2. Cultural Transformation Challenge: Salvino’s aggressive leadership style, while successful in past roles, was not a fit for the cultural overhaul required at DXC.
  3. Innovation Gap: DXC’s need for rapid innovation and digital transformation was beyond the scope of Salvino’s experience, primarily rooted in operational efficiency and mergers.

Outcome and Performance

The short position on DXC Technology recommended by ManagementTrack generated 46.8% alpha, validating our analysis that Michael Salvino’s appointment as CEO would not be sufficient to address the company’s challenges.

Key Takeaways

  1. Leadership Fit is Critical: The importance of matching a CEO’s experience and leadership style with the company’s specific challenges.
  2. Cultural Alignment Matters: A CEO’s ability to drive cultural change is crucial in turnaround situations.
  3. Strategic Vision vs. Execution: The distinction between a leader’s strategic vision and their ability to execute in a new context can significantly impact company performance.


The DXC Technology case study underscores ManagementTrack’s unique approach, combining investigative journalism with a deep dive into executive backgrounds to predict company performance. Michael Salvino’s tenure at DXC highlights the critical need for alignment between a CEO’s past experiences and the company’s forward-looking challenges.

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