Nancy Dubuc is the CEO of Vice Media. When she took over the job just under a year ago, she was inheriting two of the hardest circumstances for any leader. She was replacing the founder. And she was stepping into a crisis. Several, actually.
There were reports that there was a pattern of sexual harassment at Vice among senior male executives and that HR had been unsupportive about the complaints. The company had missed its revenue targets by more than $100 million. And New York Magazine published a story that claimed that Vice had been “built on a bluff”.
Taking over in that environment meant defining the future and providing hope. It meant keeping what was working and changing what was not.
Most of all, it meant bringing people together and establishing trust.
So, this episode is called, “The Transparent Leader”.