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Wells Fargo Circles the Wagons: Communicating during a Crisis

West, June A.; Craddock, Jenny

Wells Fargo Circles the Wagons: Communicating during a Crisis






In October 2016, Timothy Sloan, the newly appointed CEO of American banking giant Wells Fargo, faced a massive public-relations crisis. A few weeks earlier, a United States government agency had announced the results of its regulatory review of the bank and exposed a shocking practice common in the retail division, in which aggressive community bankers had created more than a million fraudulent accounts and credit card applications on behalf of unaware customers for the past several years. Over the next few weeks, the bank?and Sloan's predecessor, John Stumpf, in particular?suffered from harsh criticism from politicians, journalists, and former employees alike, ultimately forcing Stumpf's resignation. As Sloan sought to minimize the public-image backlash and restore general trust in Wells Fargo, he struggled to construct the best communication strategy for the bank's next chapter.

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7 Dec 2017

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12 Apr 2017

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