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Sorrell Denies Visiting Prostitute

Fri, Jun. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellExtracted WPP CEO Martin Sorrell today denied visiting a prostitute and paying her with corporate funds, during an interview at the Cannes Lions festival.

Sorrell Slams "Leak" From Very Top of WPP

Thu, Jun. 21, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellExtracted WPP CEO Martin Sorrell slammed a leak from “the very top of the company” about the probe into his alleged personal misconduct during an event today at the Cannes Lions festival. (2 reader comment)

Intel CEO Krzanich Resigns Over Past Affair with Staffer

Thu, Jun. 21, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Brian KrzanichIntel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over a past consensual affair with a staffer, a violation of the electionics giant's non-fraternization policy that applies to all managers. (3 reader comments)

Teachable Moments From Serious PR Mistakes

Mon, Jun. 18, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianUnderstanding the consequences of a potential misstep and knowing how to address it ahead of time should be part of the planning when developing PR messages.

WPP Defends Handling of Sorrell's Exit; PR Slides 7.1%

Wed, Jun. 13, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Roberto QuartaWPP chairman Roberto Quarta defended the handling of the "extraction" of founder Martin Sorrell, telling shareholders at today's general meeting "the board acted appropriately throughout."

WPP Rallies Troops In Wake of Sorrell Bombshells

Tue, Jun. 12, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP Co-COO Mark Read today sent a memo to staffers to stress the ad/PR giant's commitment to fostering working environments where staffers "feel safe and supported."

Sorrell Denies Prostitute Pay Link

Mon, Jun. 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellMartin Sorrell, who was "extracted" from the helm of WPP in April, was under scrutiny by the ad/PR firm about whether he used company funds to pay for the services of a prostitute. (1 reader comment)

FT Publishes Sorrell Blockbuster

Mon, Jun. 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Sorrell FTThe Financial Times reports that Martin Sorrell was verbally abusive to executive assistants, junior staffers at WPP. It contends that WPP’s probe into Sorrell’s personal misconduct included his alleged visit to a brothel in Mayfair. (1 reader comment)

Facebook Answers for Privacy 'Bug'

Mon, Jun. 11, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFacebook finds itself apologizing yet again, this time for a glitch that caused some users’ private content to appear publicly.

WPP Cuts Ties With Martinez

Fri, Jun. 8, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Gustavo MartinezWPP has cut ties with Gustavo Martinez, former head of JWT, two months after it settled a sexual harassment brought against him by ex-JWT chief communications officer Erin Johnson.

NFL Protest Decision Backlash Begins

Tue, May 29, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA week after announcing its new national anthem policy, the NFL finds itself back in the middle of the same contentious issue that drained the league of viewers, fans and money last season. (1 reader comment)

Novartis’ Lawyer Takes Fall for Hiring Trump’s Fixer

Wed, May 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Michael CohenNovartis today announced that Felix Ehrat, group general counsel, will retire June 1 due to fallout from his decision to pay $1.2M to a shell company formed by Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer.”

WPP Investors Demand Info About Sorrell's Exit

Mon, May 14, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Glass LewisDirected by the Glass Lewis advisory group, investors are demanding information surrounding the abrupt exit of founder/longtime chief Martin Sorrell last month. (1 reader comment)

NBC Confronts Allegations of 'Harassment Culture'

Mon, May 14, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianAs more information is released in the ongoing investigation of former anchor Matt Lauer, NBC and its leadership are now being called to account for allegations of fomenting or permitting outright a “culture of harassment.” (1 reader comment)

AT&T Boss Says Hiring Cohen Was Mistake

Fri, May 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Michael CohenAT&T chief Randall Stephenson told staffers via a memo today that hiring President Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was a "big mistake." (5 reader comments)

Brokaw Denies Allegations

Mon, Apr. 30, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianNBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has denied accusations of decades-old inappropriate sexual advances toward a former colleague. (5 reader comments)

WPP Moves on Post-Sorrell

Fri, Apr. 27, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Roberto QuartaWPP executive chairman Roberto Quarta promises ad/PR giant will flourish in aftermath of resignation of CEO Martin Sorrell, who took a 71 percent pay cut in 2017. (2 reader comments)

Vivendi Ex-Chair Bollore Arrested in Corruption Probe

Tue, Apr. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Vincent BolloreFrench billionaire Vincent Bollore, whose Bollore Group sold a 60 percent stake in ad/PR conglom Havas to Vivendi for $2.5B in 2017, is arrested outside Paris as part of a bribery probe.

Ingraham Pushes Back Against Critics

Mon, Apr. 16, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA week after apologizing for mocking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, Laura Ingraham is back on the air, albeit a few sponsors lighter.

Sorrell Quits WPP

Sat, Apr. 14, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellMartin Sorrell, architect & CEO of WPP, resigned today following the probe launched earlier this month into allegations of his "personal misconduct" and misuse of corporate assets.