Senior Tyco comms exec leaves company

PRINCETON, NJ: Tyco confirmed Wednesday that SVP of marketing and communications Charles Young has left the company.

PRINCETON, NJ: Tyco confirmed Wednesday that SVP of marketing and communications Charles Young has left the company.

Tyco VP of media relations Sheri Woodruff would not comment on the reason for Young's departure, or say whether he was fired.

"He worked for us until about two weeks ago," she said.

Tyco has no plans to fill Young's position "for the foreseeable future," according to Woodruff. Instead, Young's communications tasks will be parceled out to Tyco's existing marketing and communications staffs, she said.

"We expect that we'll be able to complete our necessary work over the next few months without replacing that position," said Woodruff.

She added that "the fact that [Young] does not work for us has nothing to do with the separation" of Tyco into three separate companies, a move that was announced in mid-January. The company has said that the process will take a year to complete, and that it does not yet know how the split will affect its in-house PR and agency relationships.

Young was also responsible during his tenure for work promoting diversity in Tyco's workforce and in communications at large. Woodruff said that the company's VP of diversity and its HR team handle those tasks now.

Young joined the troubled conglomerate in 2003 from General Electric, where he had held a range of marketing and communications roles over the course of nearly 15 years.

Young could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

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