many of the engineers I encountered adopted an almost Scandinavian lifestyle of working to live instead of living to work.
What's wrong with that? The vast majority of the planet has a far healthier work-life balance than we here in the US have. Time to take your blinkers off.
Hmm... She's managed to gain the trust and support of enough people to get into the position she's in.
One could say the same about Carly Fiorina. That didn't stop her from destroying HP. It doesn't logically follow that, just because someone is hired for a certain position, s/he is actually deserving of or qualified for said position.