Declan Kelly, a go-to adviser for CEOs of major companies such as General Electric and Coca-Cola, has resigned as chairman and chief executive of global consulting firm Teneo after reports of drunken misbehavior at a charity event last month https://t.co/zAdua6cNdS
‘On May 2nd I made an inadvertent, public and embarrassing mistake for which I took full responsibility and apologized to those directly affected, as well as my colleagues and clients. A campaign against the reputation of our firm has followed and may even continue in the coming days. However, regardless of the veracity of any such matters I do not want them to be an ongoing distraction to the running of our company.
In order to protect the employees of Teneo and its clients, and with my family’s strong support, I have decided to leave the company and resign as Chairman and CEO.
Teneo will remain the best in the world at what it does, a firm whose success has been driven by three virtues – hard work, decency and compassion.
Over recent days I have received countless messages of support from my colleagues, clients, public figures and people who know me well both personally and professionally. Their support and trust is what counts the most. I will be forever grateful to them all.
I want to thank our hundreds of clients around the world for their support of our business and their loyalty to our people. You are the reason Teneo exists. And to my 1,250 colleagues worldwide, I will continue to be your biggest supporter.’
CEO of Global Citizen Hugh Evans (left) and CEO of Teneo Declan Kelly onstage during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, USA on May 8, 2021
Last night/this morning.
Declan Kelly has lost his board seat at the campaign group Global Citizen and ceded some of his responsibilities as head of the PR strategy company Teneo after allegations of drunken misconduct at a fundraising concert.
Mr Kelly, a brother of Labour Party leader Alan Kelly, served as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s envoy to Northern Ireland during President Obama’s administration.
Via Financial Times:
Five people briefed on the matter said Kelly behaved inappropriately at a party on May 2 linked to the high-profile concert put on by Global Citizen. It was chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and featured artists including Jennifer Lopez.
Two of these people and one person with direct knowledge claimed that the inappropriate behaviour included the non-consensual touching of a number of women.
“At a large cocktail party that evening attended by dozens of people including Global Citizen board members and guests, Mr Kelly became inebriated and behaved inappropriately towards some women and men at the event,” said a spokesperson for Kelly, who added that he “deeply regrets his actions” and had apologised to those he had offended.
Teneo is a company co-founded by New York-based Irish PR consultant Declan Kelly (top with Bill Clinton in 2011) and currently embroiled in the ongoing Wikleaks dump.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski unpicked the latest leaked memo from Mr Kelly’s Teneo co-founder Doug Band revealing the “intersection” of the Clinton’s charitable and personal income.
Writing in 2011, Mr Band said Teneo partners had raised “in excess of $8 million for the foundation and $3 million” in paid speaking fees for Bill Clinton and secured contracts for the former president “that would pay out $66 million over the subsequent nine years”.