The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 7.21.2015

Nadal resigns from MDC amid SEC probe; Omnicom PR revenues flat in Q2, Ashley Madison crisis response; Allergan launches campaign to empower women.

The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 7.21.2015

1. MDC Partners CEO Miles Nadal resigned Monday night amid a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into his expenses and other issues. MDC director Scott Kauffman is taking over as the holding company’s chairman and CEO.

2. Omnicom Group’s PR agencies saw a slight organic revenue increase of 0.3%, compared with the year before, in the second quarter, it said Tuesday morning. For the holding company as a whole, revenue was up 5.3% on an organic basis, but down 1.7% overall.

3. Ashley Madison is allowing users to delete their accounts free of charge as part of its crisis response after hackers seized customer information and threatened to leak it earlier this week. Experts say it could face a major class action lawsuit.

4. Pharmaceutical company Allergan is launching a campaign to inform and empower young women called #ActuallySheCan, centered on an educational website. Its debut comes a month after Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign won the PR Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions.

5. Ohio Governor John Kasich will enter the 2016 GOP fray today, becoming the 16th candidate to throw his hat into the ring on the Republican side. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has jumped into the GOP lead, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News Poll, though it was mostly completed before his comments about John McCain’s war record on Saturday.

6. Toshiba’s CEO resigned early Tuesday after a report found the company inflated profits by more than $1 billion. It could face fines, a complete management overhaul, and further investor scrutiny.

7. Qualcomm is conducting a strategic review that could result in the company breaking up. Activist investor Jana Partners is driving the changes.

8. President Obama will sit down with Jon Stewart on the set of The Daily Show for the final time on Tuesday. Stewart will end his 16-year run as the show’s host next month. 

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