Originally Posted by MRG
splitwdw has a very valid point. It's really hard to prove, I'd report it on a confidential basis to HR. Then it's not my problem, only bad things can happen to the person that talks with the CEO about this.
Issues that demonstrably harm clients or put a company at serious risk caused by your direct supervisor need to be escalated to the next level.
Bad things will happen if you are disloyal, unprofessional or gossippy. In this case though you are showing courage and concern for the company's well being.
Maybe I have too little experience, but I never have seen shooting the messenger behavior by competent CEOs. We're not talking about mediocre middle management in some megacorps. And if the CEO is incompetent, why are you working there?