Mike Paul, the self-styled “Reputation Doctor
,” would like to see more diversity at the executive level of PR and advertising firms.
To that end, Paul plans to refrain from eating anything from Wednesday morning to Friday morning. Paul explained his motive in a press release, appropriately enough:
With my fast, I hope to shine a light [on] accountability and transparency in global and national PR firms, leading corporations and top advertising firms to focus on recruiting many more executives of color and not just kids. At minimum in the dozens. The track record for 50 years [is] horrible. FYI - An executive to me is SVP and above in PR firms and ad firms and VP or above in national or global corporations.
Paul wants PR and advertising firms to share the current number of executives of color.
“True change in real numbers has to come and come soon,” he says.
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Paul has previously put in time at MCI Communications, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Burson-Marsteller.