Pandora marketing director departs under corporate bullying cloud

Pandora’s marketing director Nicole McInnes has abruptly relinquished her role amidst accusations of corporate bullying conducted by management at the music network’s New Zealand office.

A cloud had been cast over McInnes following aspersions from four separate lawsuits instigated by former employees at Pandora Australia and New Zealand. One is said to include former commercial director Melanie Reece who tendered her resignation at the tail end of 2015.

Local trade title StopPress suggests that Reece has now filed a personal grievance claim against her former employers and is quoted as describing the workplace environment at Pandora as ‘toxic’, with MD Jane Huxley singled out for a managerial style akin to ‘corporate bullying’.

These claims were backed up by former regional sales chief Matthew Hunt, who described Reece’s comments as being ‘consistent’ with his own experiences when quizzed by StopPress.

Pandora has dismissed the allegations as ‘baseless and without merit’ with COO Sara Clemens stating: “Jane Huxley is a strong leader who has Pandora's full support. We work hard to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where each employee’s contribution is valued, and Jane has been instrumental in bringing that to life in both Australia and New Zealand.

“In the circumstances we part ways with employees, we respect their confidentiality. However the themes in this story are baseless and without merit.”

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