Breakfast Briefing, 12.8.2017: United's Jim Olson schedules departure

And another noteworthy exit: longtime Cannes Lions executive Terry Savage will leave his position after the 2018 festival.

United Continental Holdings communications leader Jim Olson will step down on January 8, according to Bloomberg. Olson had a busy two years at the airline, with his tenure including #LeggingsGate and United’s mishandling of David Dao’s removal from a flight in April.

Cannes Lions chairman Terry Savage is planning to step down after the 2018 festival, bringing a 33-year tenure at the organization to a close. The festival grew from registering more than 16,000 entries in 2003 to 41,000-plus last year. It also brought in $82 million in revenue in 2017.

President Donald Trump’s staff considered implementing new Twitter rules for the chief executive’s account after inadvisable tweets about Michael Flynn were posted to it last weekend, according to CNN. (Trump lawyer John Dowd took the fall for penning the tweets). Trump himself was angry the tweets obscured coverage of the Senate’s passage of tax reform, according to the network.

A Chinese rival is stepping onto Uber’s turf. Ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing is planning to launch in Mexico next year in what would be its first move into North America. The foray could also threaten Uber’s hold on Latin America, according to CNBC.

Saturday Night Live wasn’t the only thing that benefitted from Sean Spicer’s tenure as White House press secretary. The CEO of Dippin’ Dots claimed the company’s short-lived feud with the former presidential spokesman had the impact of "50 Super Bowl ads," according to Business Insider. The brand hit a record $300 million in sales this year, according to the site.

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