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When Lack of Context Leads to Catastrophe

Thu, Sep. 20, 2018

By Paris Kissel

Paris KisselSometimes, a well-intentioned campaign with a positive message can backfire when consumers’ first impressions fail to take the backstory into consideration.

FT Apologizes to Sorrell

Mon, Sep. 17, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin Sorrell

The Financial Times today published an online apology to former WPP chief Martin Sorrell for including him in a Sept. 14 article that was headlined, "Disgraced chief executives reap benefits while investors suffer."

‘60 Minutes’ Chief Fager Fired

Mon, Sep. 17, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianCBS News chairman Jeff Fager was ousted by the network in response to a series of sexual misconduct allegations. (1 reader comment)

Edelman Works CBS' Moonves Mess, Revamp

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Les MoonvesEdelman is helping CBS Corp. handle the bombshell exit of 15-year CEO Les Moonves amid allegations of sexual harassment, revamp of its board and agreement with majority shareholder Shari Redstone's National Amusements Inc.

Musk Marijuana Scandal Tanks Tesla’s Stock Price

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianTesla CEO Elon Musk caused his company’s stock price to drop after smoking marijuana during a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.” (1 reader comment)

UK Launches Fresh Probe of Collapsed Bell Pottinger

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BellThe British government has launched an investigation of scandal-rocked Bell Pottinger, which collapsed last year in the aftermath of its racist campaign in South Africa on behalf of Oakbay investment firm of the Gupta family.

'Too Much Public Attention' Triggers Tesla Exec Exit

Fri, Sep. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Elon MuskDave Morton, who signed on at beleaguered Tesla electric car company a month ago, quit today due to the "level of public attention placed on the company." CEO Elon Musk smoked marijuana during a Sept. 6 webcast interview with Joe Rogan. (2 reader comments)

The In-N-Outs of a Fake News Story

Wed, Sep. 5, 2018

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanWest Coast restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger was placed in the crisis crosshairs after a series of politically-motivated tweets suggested Democrats boycott the business for contributing money to the California Republican Party. (1 reader comment)

Scandal-Rocked Diocese of Harrisburg Names PR Chief

Thu, Aug. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Rachel BrysonThe Catholic Church’s Diocese of Harrisburg named Rachel Bryson to the newly created position of executive director for PR just ahead of a report that found more than 70 of its priests and clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or inappropriate contact with children going back to the 1940s.

Weber Shandwick Strengthens Crisis Team

Tue, Aug. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah TyreWeber Shandwick has hired Sarah Tyre, who was Burson-Marsteller's New York crisis lead, and Marc Drechsler, ex-head of Ketchum's financial communications practice, as executive VPs in New York.

Michael Cohen’s PR Problem

Fri, Jul. 27, 2018

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser P. SeitelMichael Cohen sealed his fate when he hired Lanny Davis as his counselor. (5 reader comments)

Sitrick Delivers PR for Papa John’s Schnatter

Thu, Jul. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

SchnatterSitrick And Company is representing Papa John’s founder and former chairman John Schnatter, who has blasted the company for acting on misinformation when it asked him to step down. (2 reader comments)

Edelman Works OSU Sex Abuse Scandal Probe

Wed, Jul. 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jim JordanEdelman is advising Ohio State University on the sex abuse investigation linked to Richard Strauss, the deceased doctor of the school's wrestling team. (1 reader comment)

Papa John’s 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. (5 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)