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In the line of fire: CXOs whose bad behaviour cost them their jobs

A few American MNCs recently ousted their senior executives over behavioural complaints

Ruchika Shah
Published: Jul 19, 2018 07:39:46 AM IST
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 05:42:17 PM IST

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Jonathan Friedland, chief communications officer, Netflix (June 22) He used the N-word in a team meeting about sensitive words and repeated the word with two African-American HR colleagues.

John Schnatter, founder, Papa John’s (July 11) He was removed as CEO in December2017 for saying the company’s sales took a hit due to National Football League’s ‘Take the Knee’ protest. Last fortnight he used a racial slur in a conference call called to avoid PR debacles.

Liane Hornsey, chief people officer, Uber (July 11) She resigned after anonymous whistleblowers alleged she had systematically dismissed internal complaints of racial discrimination.

(This story appears in the 03 August, 2018 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)