Breakfast Briefing, 12.7.2016: Dorsey on Trump tweets; another agency holiday party cancelled

Also: Edelman has a new leader in Europe and the CIS region and Starbucks' global comms leader explains the strategy behind its transition announcement.

New this morning: Edelman has a new leader in Europe and the CIS region. The firm named Carol Potter, executive vice chair of operations in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa, to succeed Michael Stewart in the role. Based in London, she will report to global COO Matt Harrington. Also: Manifest is opening an office in Stockholm with plans to expand into South Africa and Australia in the next four years.

What to watch today: Starbucks is holding its first investor day since announcing COO Kevin Johnson will replace Howard Schultz as CEO in April. Investors are looking for information about the transition and the company’s plans for China, according to TheStreet.com. More: Starbucks global comms leader Corey du Browa explains the strategy behind last week’s leadership-change announcement.

Today: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is scheduled to appear in front of a Senate committee to discuss his company’s proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner. He’s expected to claim the combination will disrupt the much-maligned cable TV model, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Another firm cancels holiday party because of Trump. Sunshine Sachs isn’t in the mood for partying after Donald Trump’s election. Instead, the firm will donate its holiday party budget to nonprofits such as the Immigrant Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Human Rights Campaign, according to TheWrap. LaForce has also cancelled its holiday party due to the election result.

Jack Dorsey on Trump’s tweeting. Asked about the president-elect’s penchant for tweeting at Recode’s Code Commerce conference, the Twitter CEO was diplomatic, calling his feelings "complicated." "Having the president-elect on our service, using it as a direct line of communication, allows everyone to see what’s on his mind in the moment," he told the website. "So we’re definitely entering a new world where everything is on the surface and we can all see it in real time and we can all have conversations about it." Indeed.


Fake news costs Flynn aide (and son) his job. President-elect Donald Trump fired the son of his pick for national security adviser, former Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, for posting fake news stories about #PizzaGate. There are conflicting reports about the seriousness of the role Michael T. Flynn, also an aide to his father, had in the Trump transition team. Scary stat: An Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed found that three quarters of people who see fake news believe it. 

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