By Ryan Tracy
CEOs and other major executives are the faces of their companies. Hence the typical arsenal of PR folks, speechwriters, and image crafters who help them refine their pitches to the public. Ninety percent of the time, that approach keeps everyone in line and happy. The other 10 percent of the time, we end up with photo galleries like this one. From minor faux pas to career-ending comments, NEWSWEEK takes a look at head honchos who opted perhaps not to think before they spoke.
Left: BP CEO Tony Hayward appears before the Energy and Climate Change Committee in London on Sept. 15, 2010.