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"Gynecologist’s Actions Bring Down USC’s President" 

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"Harassment Claims Cost Wynn Resorts its Leader" 

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"NBC News Faces Questions After Lauer Firing" 

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"Equifax Hit With Massive Reputation Breach" 

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"Fujifilm Addresses Accounting Problems" 

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"Hacked Twitter Account Gives McDonald’s Indigestion" 

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"Qualcomm Chips Away at South Korea Probe" 

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"Tyson Finds Itself in Game of Reputation Chicken" 

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"Delta Grounded After Computer Crash" 

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"Signet Confronts Diamond Debacles" 

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"NFL Goes for Knockout Against New York Times" 

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"OSI Fights Back In China" 

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"Tesla Slams the Brakes on Seat Belt Problem" 

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"United Airlines Faces Turbulence Amid Federal Probe" 

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 "Accounting Problems Hobble Toshiba" 

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 "Kiss-and-Tell Fears After Adult Friend Finder Breach" 

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"Ice Cream Recall Snags Blue Bell" 

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"Williams, NBC Between Iraq and a Hard Place" 

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"Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut" 

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"How Well Did Tesco Account for Itself?" 

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In the News

Trump versus Corporate America: Why corporations need to be the adults in the room

BNN, August 15, 2017

Davia Temin, president and CEO of Temin and Company, joins BNN to provide perspective on CEOs leaving Trump's manufacturing council following the latest departure.

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More CEOs may ditch Trump

Axios, August 15, 2017

Merck & Co.'s Kenneth Frazier, then Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank and Intel Corp.'s Brian Krzanich stepped down from a White House business group (Manufacturing Jobs Initiative), per Bloomberg's Jeff Green. While none mentioned the president, Frazier, one of the country's most-prominent black chief executive officers, ... said he was acting on a "matter of personal conscience."

As for Intel's Krzanich, his Twitter account was peppered [yesterday] by pleas for him to quit the White House group.

Who's next? Davia Temin, head of the New York-based crisis-management firm Temin & Co: "This conversation is viral in boardrooms right now." [...read more]

CEO Health: Shareholders Want to Know More

Lindsay Frost, Agenda, June 26, 2017

Newly minted CSX CEO Hunter Harrison is lauded as transforming the railroad game for Canadian Pacific and several other railroad networks. Although he took his post at CSX in March, investors were tasked with ratifying the $84 million pay package it would take to keep him. While considering the vote, shareholders voiced concerns about his health after a report was leaked noting that he has to work from home sometimes and uses an oxygen tank to help him breathe.

Harrison's situation has put the question of materiality, and when and if to disclose CEO health issues, back in the spotlight. Considered the board's responsibility, making health disclosures can be a difficult decision depending on the situation, sources say.

"[When boards are considering disclosing], they are caught in this world between privacy and HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996] and material information," says Davia Temin, CEO of strategy and communications consulting firm Temin and Company, who has served on multiple boards. "Clearly shareholders and analysts want the information immediately, and very often CEOs who are ill want more time [before disclosing]. Different companies have threaded the needle differently and walked that thin line differently." Subscription required for full access. [...read more]

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Crisis of the Week: Fujifilm Addresses Accounting Problems

Ben DiPietro, The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal, June 19, 2017

Fujifilm Holdings announced that losses from accounting irregularities in New Zealand were much larger than first thought and extended to the company's Australian office-equipment unit. The announcement left some to wonder how much control the company has over its overseas units.

The company said it conducted a review and found the losses would widen further but did say it found "a problem" with controls at its Fuji Xerox subsidiary. Fujifilm said inappropriate accounting occurred in part because of commission and bonus "incentives" for managers and employees that "placed an emphasis on sales." It said six board members at Fuji Xerox would resign to take responsibility for the losses that now total around $340 million. It also docked the pay of all Fuji Xerox board members and two other senior executives.

Using Fujifilm's statements and those of its executives, the experts break down the company's crisis management performance in this instance.

"Fujifilm's public response to its 'inappropriate accounting' crisis was enough to be effective as witnessed by the fact the story lasted no more than a few days in the global news cycle," said Davia Temin. "While the company's public responses were terse, minimal and occasionally odd, they were unprecedented in their openness and disclosure." [...read more]

Navigating the United PR crisis

Amara Walker, CNNi, April 11, 2017

Amara Walker talks with public relations expert Davia Temin about United Airline's handling of their latest crisis that sparked worldwide outrage, in which a passenger was dragged off the airline when he wouldn't give up his seat on an overbooked flight, and how they can recover from the blow to their reputation.

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PR Nightmares: United Fiasco Among Worst Corporate Gaffes

Christopher Palmeri and Jeff Green, Bloomberg, April 11, 2017

When it comes to bad public relations, it's pretty tough to top the sight of a United Airlines passenger being dragged, bloodied and screaming, from a flight.

The incident, including two attempts at apology by Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz, has been airing on cable TV and raging on social media for days. But the fiasco is hardly the first self-inflicted corporate blunder. Munoz can take comfort that it's happened to others, and in many cases the bosses didn't lose their jobs, as our PR Tales From Hell illustrate.

Over Easter week in 2009, two Domino's Pizza employees in North Carolina posted a video on YouTube showing one sticking cheese up his nose and pretending to sneeze on a customer's sandwich. With the clip reaching one million views, management fired the employees, sanitized the store and produced its own video with a formal apology from President Patrick Doyle.

The company's response was to show outrage and take action, said Davia Temin, head of the New York-based crisis-management firm Temin & Co. CEO David Brandon kept his job and now runs Toys "R" Us Inc. Doyle succeeded him. [...read more]

Crisis of the Week: Hacked Twitter Account Gives McDonald’s Indigestion

Ben DiPietro, The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal, March 27, 2017

The crisis magnifying lens puts it focus on McDonald's Corp. after a message was sent on the company's Twitter account calling President Donald Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President" and trolling him by saying he has "tiny hands." The White House did not comment, but some supporters of the president called for a boycott of the burger chain.

McDonald's said it was notified by Twitter that its account was hacked. McDonald's deleted the tweet, secured its account and said an internal investigation found the account had been hacked by "an external source." The company put out a statement apologizing that "this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald's account."

The experts evaluate how well McDonald's handled this crisis.

"The fake tweet sent from McDonalds' Twitter account on March 16 that disparaged President Donald Trump catapulted the company into the land of alt-tweetdom," said Davia Temin. "Today, as companies and individuals alike struggle to delineate truth from fiction in public discourse, McDonalds had an immediate imperative to let the public know it had not officially sent the insulting tweet. It had to act quickly to set the record straight, before it even knew what really had happened. It couldn't let a lie stand. It did an excellent job." [...read more]

Rex Tillerson Isn’t the Only CEO With an Extra Email Address

Vanessa Fuhrmans and Joann Lublin, The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2017

The news that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias while he was chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp. surprised much of the business world—if only for his moniker's creativity.

Many executives have an alternate company email address, or even two or three, business leaders and executive coaches say. But it is rare that those aliases take on an entirely different identity.

There is a distinction between using an alternate email address and adopting an alter ego, said Davia Temin, chief executive of reputation- and crisis-management firm Temin & Co., who says such an alias is often an attempt to maintain privacy "in such a porous world." She advises against the urge. Even if messages from the alternate address circulate solely among company executives, "it looks as if it is meant to hide" something, she said.

More common, Ms. Temin says, is for executives to set up a social-media alias to join a Twitter conversation or other debate without disclosing their identities. [...read more]

Keep Calm and Manage a Crisis

Erica Christoffer, REALTOR Mag, February 2017

A crisis in real estate can occur because of poor market conditions, hampered cyber security, a natural disaster, and even threats to your reputation. But Davia Temin, CEO of Temin and Co., a crisis management firm, wants brokerage owners to know that when your business faces trouble, it's an opportunity to exercise leadership.

Temin, who has served as a spokesperson for major organizations during crises over the last 20 years, shared some universal tips about how to respond to a business-oriented emergency during the 2017 REALTOR® Broker Summit in San Diego. "I try not to put lipstick on a pig," she said. "Figure out what the situation is and what you can do within the bounds of the organization to address it in the right way." [...read more]

Trump’s Oval Office Tweets Force CEOs to Choose Fight or Flight

Shannon Pettypiece, Rick Clough, and Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg, February 8, 2017

President Donald Trump is injecting himself into the daily business of U.S. companies to an unprecedented extent, spurring investors and executives to weigh their exposure to his wrath when making decisions.

The latest was Nordstrom Inc., which drew Trump's public anger on Twitter Wednesday for discontinuing his daughter Ivanka's line, saying sales had slumped.

Two hours after attacking the department store, Trump hosted Intel Corp.'s Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich in the Oval Office to announce that the semiconductor-maker would spend $7 billion on a factory in Chandler, Arizona, creating 3,000 jobs. Once again, Trump took to Twitter.

Not even three weeks into Trump's presidency, the moves fit a familiar pattern in his dealings with companies: do what Trump wants, or face a presidential rebuke. This direct, company-by-company intervention is forcing CEOs and corporate boards into a choice they've never before faced with a sitting president -- are we with him, or against him? -- in a way that distorts normal decision-making and conflicts with shareholder interests.

Some choose to fight. 

"It really depends on who your customers are, what demographic they fit into and whether you want to play towards that or play statesman-like corporate CEO," said Davia Temin, CEO of Temin and Co., a communications consulting firm. [...read more]

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