Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vice Media Suspends Two Top Execs

Vice Media placed its president, Andrew Creighton, and its chief digital officer, Mike Germano, on leave after sexual harassment allegations were reported against them in a New York Times investigation that detailed the treatment of women at the company.

Vice employees learned of the moves in a memo sent to the staff on Tuesday morning.

Sarah Broderick, Vice’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said in the memo that a special committee of the company’s board was “reviewing the facts” related to a $135,000 settlement Creighton had reached in 2016 with a former employee, who claimed that she was fired after she rejected an intimate relationship with him, according to people briefed on the matter and documents viewed by The Times.

The committee plans to make a recommendation regarding the matter to senior management before the company’s Jan. 11 board meeting, and Creighton will remain out of the office on leave until then, Broderick said.

Vice has grown from a Canadian magazine to a dominant online video company, expanding into TV around the world.

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