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Papa Johnís Founder Resigns from Board

Mon, Jul. 16, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian

For the last year, Papa John's founder John Schnatter has made himself a household name, and for all the wrong reasons. (4 reader comments)

USOC Hires Hirshland to Rebound from Sex Abuse Scandal

Thu, Jul. 12, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah HirshlandThe United States Olympic Committee today named Sarah Hirshland CEO as the embattled organization seeks to rebound from the sex abuse scandal surrounding former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Schools Schools Uber on Compliance

Wed, Jul. 11, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Scott SchoolsFormer Justice Dept. official Scott Schools has joined Uber Technologies as its first chief compliance officer. Human resources chief Liane Hornsey exits following complaints about the handling of employee grievances.

Grayling Vet Schraeder Takes RF|Binder Post

Tue, Jul. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

David SchraederDave Schraeder, most recently senior VP and crisis management lead at Huntsworth's Grayling, has moved to RF|Binder for the executive managing director post.

SardVerb Handles Obit of HNA Co-Founder

Thu, Jul. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Wang JianSard Verbinnen & Co. serves as media contact for the obituary of Wang Jian, co-founder of beleaguered Chinese conglomerate HNA Group.

WPP Hires Lawyers to Hunt Down Sorrell-Related Leaks

Thu, Jun. 28, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellWPP has hired two law firms to track down the source of leaked emails that were sent to current and ex-staffers following the extraction of CEO Martin Sorrell. (3 reader comments)

Fonda Apologizes for 'Vulgar' Tweet

Mon, Jun. 25, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianPeter Fonda has apologized for a late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested that Barron Trump should be separated from his mother and "put in a cage with pedophiles." (15 reader comments)

Netflix Fires CCO for Use of N-Word

Fri, Jun. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jonathan FriedlandNetflix fired chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland for his "descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions," according to a memo from CEO Reed Hastings. (3 reader comments)

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. (1 reader comment)

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. (4 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)

CBS Declares ĎWarí on Top Shareholder

Mon, May 21, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianAn internal spat over a proposed CBS-Viacom merger now has the network suing controlling shareholder Shari Redstone. 

Novartisí Lawyer Takes Fall for Hiring Trumpís 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)