Boeing plummets after chief executive scandal

Boeing chief executive Harry Stonecipher's affair with a female executive - and his subsequent resignation - sent the aerospace group straight to the bottom of this week's Reputation Monitor.

However, this week's surprise faller was the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), which took the table's second-worst spot.

CRE chair Trevor Phillips's controversial suggestion that black boys should be taught separately caused many media commentators to question the commission's leadership.

Holiday firm MyTravel came third from bottom after it fared poorly in a Holiday Which? customer satisfaction survey.

The Financial Times also reported how the company's creditors were impatient for MyTravel to become profitable.

At the table's summit was Aviva, the insurance giant that owns the Norwich Union brand. Its £1bn acquisition of vehicle recovery group RAC was well received.

Defence firm BAE Systems took third spot after it announced the £2bn agreed takeover of US rival United Defense Industries. The deal would create the world's second-biggest maker of armoured vehicles.

Reputation Monitor is compiled from Thomson Intermedia's National News Index, a measure of media sentiment that excludes stock market reports and passing mentions.

REPUTATION MONITOR 8-14 March 2005

Ranking Rank last week Organisation NNI

Best performers

1 32 Aviva 164.6

2 51 Tesco 143.4

3 172 BAE Systems 135.6

4 159 John Lewis Partnership 98.5

5 15 Vodafone 89.5

Worst performers*

1 850 Boeing -69.2

2 1,116 CRE -31.7

3 979 MyTravel -31.4

4 1,241 Ministry of Defence -30.6

5 1,208 Cable & Wireless -29.6

Source: www.newsmetrics.co.uk/Thomson Intermedia plc *Rank last week is

position from bottom of table

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