Posted: June 3rd, 2021

Crisis Management/Messaging

You are the CEO of a major corporation whose databases were recently hacked, and  sensitive customer information was stolen. The media has persistently asked  you  for some kind of statement regarding the situation and what the corporation is doing to protect its customers and prevent this from happening again. Would you,  as the CEO, speak out about the crisis, or would you choose a frontline  spokesperson to represent the corporation? Explain your choice.  
Address the following questions (even if you choose yourself as CEO to make the statements):      

– Please begin your essay assignment with an introduction for the reader about the crisis and how best to handle the situation. 
 – Formulate your crisis message using the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) model. 
 – What are the essential elements of an effective spokesperson in a crisis? 
 – What criteria are considered in selecting that particular person?        
 – Why do you think it would be important to have a well-trained spokesperson speak for the corporation during a crisis such as this one?          
 – Why might the media wish to speak with frontline employees during a crisis? 
 – How would you, as CEO, correct erroneous information given out by the spokesperson?  

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