Originally Posted by SAR I
Woody Johnson's job is to determine whether or not to keep Mike Tannenbaum. If he's on the fence and/or wants to do due diligence to help guide him to the right decision then retaining a search firm to help him is what would be expected.
In the case of Fortune 500 business, this would be done quietly without the incumbent knowing a search was underway for his replacement. Because this is a public business and the incumbent is under contract, it's not necessary to make it a secret. The whole world knows that Mike and Rex are under scrutiny, 50/50 to return at best, it's a bit unorthodox but it's not too far fetched to think that a process is underway and this is part of it.
Woody hired a recruiting firm to help him find a suitable new GM.
They may or may not help him determine Tannenbaum's value to the team. Woody probably already knows what he wants to do with Tannenbaum (retain him in a lesser role) but may be swayed otherwise by the GM he ultimately chooses.