Or that someone was throwing him a freebie job until another one opened up (and they could hopefully find someone better for this one).
Scenario: We have a clusterfuck. And need a new person to head it. But we have no idea who it is.
So we hire some guy who's a business CEO and economics type - clearly completely wrong for the job - but not 2 months later he gets a job suited to the CEO/economics type - as an economics advisor. And we spent the time he was 'in charge' hiring someone who appears to maybe have been exposed to IT projects before.
It solved the theatre problem of needing someone new right away, give him a cushy job for 2 months while the real job you wanted him for became available, and gave you time to find someone who might actually be useful.