Toward the end of March, 2016 we examined the nasty PR mess the Toronto Symphony Orchestras (TSO) has been caught up in by way of the very public annulment legal battle between former president and CEO, Jeff Melanson, and his estranged wife, Eleanor McCain.
Melanson, who departed his position after 16 months on the job, recently launched a PR volley against McCain, daughter of food industrialist and 13th
wealthiest Canadian Wallace McCain. The 4/25/16 edition of The Globe And Mail published an article by Tu Thanh Ha and Marsha Lederman where Melanson asserts that McCain, a singer, made donations to orchestras but only if they hired her as a guest artists.
The article goes on to report Melanson’s assertions about TSO board influence.
…she sent “bullying” letters to TSO board members and threatened to “take down the entire TSO if she had to,”…
McCain staunchly denied those assertions and if there was any support for or validation of Melanson’s position, it wasn’t being offered up by the TSO, which has remained mum while the couple’s separation battle royal plays out in the papers. And that’s precisely an option that good crisis management would endorse in a scenario like this.
Unfortunately, that plan becomes increasingly difficult to maximize thanks to their former CEO’s insistence on repeatedly mentioning the group in his formal court filings.
As a result, it’s tough to stay dry when the splash zone gets to decide when you can leave.