Notorious CEOs do or say things that can damage a company. In addition, a CEO’s bad behavior can affect employee morale and hiring and destroy years of positive brand reputation.
Clothier Abercrombie & Fitch was somewhat of a status symbol for teenagers and college students in the late 1990s to mid-2000s. However, then-CEO Michael Jeffries’ tone-deaf views did not sit well with the next generation of shoppers in the new millennium.
For example: “We hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.”
A tweet, statement or leaked email from the likes of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and former CEOs John Schnatter (Papa John’s) and Travis Kalanick (Uber) could make or break a company’s reputation.
Regardless of your organization’s size, preparing for leadership gaffes is an essential part of any PR pro’s job.
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It’s always better to get ahead of a potential situation. However, human activity can be unpredictable.
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