McDonald’s Plans Corporate Job Cuts, ‘Eliminating Layers’

McDonald’s is planning a fresh round of layoffs to further shrink its corporate structure as the burger chain struggles to turn around its crucial U.S. business.
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John Oliver Uses Tax Day To Show How Corporate America Is Screwing You Over

“We just had a huge chance to reform our tax code and we absolutely blew it.”
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OTB, Salvatore Ferragamo Scoop Up the ‘Corporate Art Awards’

FASHION PATRONS: OTB Group and Salvatore Ferragamo scooped up a prize each, as part of the second edition of the “Corporate Art Awards,” which lauds the synergies between private firms and institutions on art-related patronage.
The award ceremony took place in Rome on Wednesday, at the presence of Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
OTB, the fashion group owned by Renzo Rosso, was bestowed with one of the four special awards reserved to private firms. The company was enrolled in this year’s awards after financing the restoration of Venice’s 16th-century iconic Ponte di Rialto bridge. OTB in 2014 had pledged to donate $ 6.5 million over a three-year period and the restoration works were completed last Spring.
Salvatore Ferragamo Group was given the special “Art Bonus” prize, as a reward for the Florentine company’s effort to fund the restoration of the Fountain of Neptune, located on the central Piazza della Signoria, in Florence. Restoration works — which included the makeover of the fountain’s system as well as its sculptural elements — are supposed to be completed by the end of 2018. The firm donated the sum of $ 1.7 million.

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Uber: 14 Bosses, One Corporate ‘Game of Thrones?’

The decision by Uber’s chief executive to take a leave of absence will put management of the world’s most valuable startup in the collective hands of more than a dozen managers—and could become an especially problematic structure for the company.
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Fox News Firestorm: The Lesson All of Corporate America Can Learn

In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News, a narrative is taking shape to explain the tumult the 21st Century Fox-owned cable channel is undergoing. But the problem is that it’s an oversimplification of what went on there, one that obscures a larger lesson all of corporate America would be wise to heed…. Read more »

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United Airlines Says Corporate Clients Seek Policy Fixes

United Airlines’s lucrative corporate clients are pushing the airline to fix its customer service, the carrier’s president said on Tuesday.
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Swiss Voters Reject Corporate Tax Overhaul

Swiss voters rejected a corporate tax overhaul plan backed by the government, casting uncertainty over hopes to bring the country’s tax policies in line with international norms while maintaining global competitiveness.
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John Elliott to Change Corporate Name

John Elliott is paring down.
After seven seasons, the buzzy men’s designer is eliminating the + Co. from his company’s official corporate name.
“It seems like such a silly thing,” he said.
What’s ironic is that his mother “relentlessly pounded into my head growing up that what’s wrong with my generation is that it was all about me, me, me. So what do I do but go and start a company under my own name.”
Although his mom might have disapproved, Elliott has caught the attention of key retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and Saks with his youthful athletic-inspired aesthetic.
He said during the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July, Elliott was featured in Bergdorf’s windows and the brand name just read: John Elliott. “So we collectively realized we should drop the ‘+ Co.’,” he said. “It really was a mouthful.”
So starting next month, all of the line’s branding — its label, its Web site — will just read John Elliott.
Elliott, who started the company with his best friend and business partner Aaron Lavee in the spring of 2012, said the brand now counts around 50 retail accounts worldwide as well as a strong e-commerce business.
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John Elliott to Change Corporate Name

John Elliott is paring down.
After seven seasons, the buzzy men’s designer is eliminating the + Co. from his company’s official corporate name.
“It seems like such a silly thing,” he said.
What’s ironic is that his mother “relentlessly pounded into my head growing up that what’s wrong with my generation is that it was all about me, me, me. So what do I do but go and start a company under my own name.”
Although his mom might have disapproved, Elliott has caught the attention of key retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and Saks with his youthful athletic-inspired aesthetic.
He said during the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July, Elliott was featured in Bergdorf’s windows and the brand name just read: John Elliott. “So we collectively realized we should drop the ‘+ Co.’,” he said. “It really was a mouthful.”
So starting next month, all of the line’s branding — its label, its Web site — will just read John Elliott.
Elliott, who started the company with his best friend and business partner Aaron Lavee in the spring of 2012, said the brand now counts around 50 retail accounts worldwide as well as a strong e-commerce business.
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John Elliott is paring down.
After seven seasons, the buzzy men’s designer is eliminating the + Co. from his company’s official corporate name.
“It seems like such a silly thing,” he said.
What’s ironic is that his mother “relentlessly pounded into my head growing up that what’s wrong with my generation is that it was all about me, me, me. So what do I do but go and start a company under my own name.”
Although his mom might have disapproved, Elliott has caught the attention of key retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and Saks with his youthful athletic-inspired aesthetic.
He said during the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s in July, Elliott was featured in Bergdorf’s windows and the brand name just read: John Elliott. “So we collectively realized we should drop the ‘+ Co.’,” he said. “It really was a mouthful.”
So starting next month, all of the line’s branding — its label, its Web site — will just read John Elliott.
Elliott, who started the company with his best friend and business partner Aaron Lavee in the spring of 2012, said the brand now counts around 50 retail accounts worldwide as well as a strong e-commerce business.
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J. Crew Just Laid Off A Bunch Of Its Corporate Staff

NEW YORK — Like a sweater in the dryer, J. Crew has shrunk.

The apparel company slashed 175 positions at its Manhattan headquarters on Wednesday, according to a J. Crew press release. Fashion site Racked, which first reported the news, said the layoffs hit 10 percent of the staff there. Company spokeswoman Margot Fooshee told The Huffington Post that the layoffs affected a combination of current employees and open positions.

“We are making meaningful and strategic changes across our organization to better position us for future growth,” J. Crew chairman and CEO Millard Drexler said in a statement. “While many of these decisions were difficult, they are necessary.”

Pink-slipped employees were escorted from the 770 Broadway location in the East Village, according to Racked. The Huffington Post, AOL (our parent company) and Facebook also have offices in that building.

The move follows what Drexler called in March “a lousy year” for J.Crew’s women’s clothing business. The chief culprit: sweaters.

“The lion’s share of our women’s issue is isolated to knits and sweaters, which has been an outsize portion of our business,” Drexler said on a conference call with analysts last week.

Stores stocked too few of the popular Tippi sweater and too many of the Tilly, a cardigan Drexler said “didn’t fit that well.”

“One-third of our business is a mix of both knits and sweaters,” Drexler said on the call. “The amount of the business is big enough to impact the negative comps in the company.”

Earlier this year, J. Crew reshuffled its top ranks as Chief Operating Officer James Scully departed just three weeks after Stuart C. Haselden, the chief financial officer, left to join Lululemon.

“We just made mistakes and we clearly got sloppy,” Drexler said.

This post has been updated with a comment from J. Crew spokeswoman Margot Fooshee.

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10 Commandments for Stylish Dressing in Corporate Offices

To all the women who earn their paychecks in corporate offices where matching separates are the norm: Dressing for work doesn’t have to be a boring exercise of taking plain item A and mixing it with basic piece B.

“When it comes to great work wear, it’s all about subtle details that break from the norm ever so slightly,” Miyako Nakamura, cofounder and creative director of MM.LaFleur, told Glamour.

“Mix up colors and fabrics to keep your look from feeling cookie-cutter corporate,” cofounder and CEO Sarah LaFleur added. “Even in very formal offices, you can play without looking out of place as long as you choose pieces that are beautifully constructed.”

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1. Play with proportion. The standard suit is pretty easy to sketch in your mind: a classic blazer with straight-leg trousers or a pencil skirt that hits right at the knee. Shaking things up makes everything more interesting while still staying within the safe harbors of accepted office style. Amanda Kraemer, style director at Loft, suggested wearing a cropped jacket over a dress or reversing the equation by pairing a relaxed-fit jacket with a slim, mid-calf skirt.

2. Look for little differences. Some of the strongest ways to add a dose of style are actually the littlest tweaks, according to Nakamura. She suggested trying bracelet-length or wide sleeves, high-waisted bottoms, and center seams that run down the front of dresses and blouses. “Longer skirts aren’t typical office attire, but you can pull them off, especially on a summer Friday. Try pairing one with a high-necked blouse or a super-tailored blazer.”

3. Keep an eye out for familiar pieces with modern silhouettes. “I love the idea of choosing classic pieces that have an easy, modern cut, like a dress with a dropped shoulder or a tailored skirt that hits at midcalf, not at the knee,” LaFleur said. Take a sheath dress, that professional style building block, and then let designers color outside the box just a bit, whether that means a cowl neck or layered cap sleeves.

4. Prints are totally fine. You aren’t destined to a solid-color closet, but there are some Dos and Don’ts of introducing pattern. “Leave the wild florals at home and opt for prints that are small, graphic, and repeat in an organized way,” Nakamura said.

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5. Add an extra layer. If work requires a jacket, don’t stress about figuring out ways to ditch it—make it part of a bigger style statement. “I love the look of adding a longer boyfriend cardigan under a more serious structured blazer,” Kraemer told us, pointing out that the additional layer comes in handy when office managers get overzealous with the air conditioner in the summer months.

6. Consider “slightly-off” colors. All the experts we spoke to insisted that you can go beyond black and navy, although staying in the neutral family is wise. “There’s a huge spectrum that looks both beautiful and polished,” Nakamura mused, listing plum, burgundy, olive, and emerald as personal favorites. “Even within those shades there’s so much nuance. Instead of a true gray, I love a lilac-gray or a bluish slate. Slightly ‘off’ shades feel free fresh without being out of bounds.”

7. Make your own suiting. “Don’t be afraid to wear a non-suit as a suit!” Kraemer insisted. Her guidelines for crafting your own look are to pick complementary colors that are still clearly different (i.e., avoid a navy jacket with a skirt that’s a slightly different dark blue hue) and mix fabrics. “Try a textured jacket with a floaty skirt.”

8. Finish with playful flats. Many corporate spots will let you slide with shoes that are spunkier than basic pumps. Embrace it, but heed suggestions that brights or prints work better as flats, not heels, and shop for pointy-toe styles in a stripe or bold color.

9. Experiment with monochrome looks. Nakamura shared her favorite stylish office look with us: going monochrome. “It creates a sense of fluidity that can make you look taller and is so much more interesting than the traditional white-shirt-black-skirt look.”

10. Embrace a powerful accessory.Accessories are always a safe bet that can add instant interest to an outfit while still maintaining professional style,” Kraemer said. It’s an easy spot to show personality or a knowledge of trends: Add on bright earrings or a necklace in a favorite color (or Marsala, the official shade for 2015).

As you start injecting some style into your work wardrobe, know there are a few cardinal rules not to be broken in a conservative field. “Stay away from deep V-necks, stick with a jacket or a blazer, and if you experiment with color, make sure that the overall look is still grounded in a neutral,” Kraemer told Glamour.

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This Woman Quit Her Corporate Job To Fulfill Her Lifelong Passion For Cakes

Late last year, baker Nikki Lee of the Sydney, Australia cake shop Unbirthday took a leap of faith and left her corporate sales job in order to pursue her passion for sweets full-time.

It wasn’t that she was unhappy at her previous job. In fact, Lee worked for a great company, respected her managers and valued the integrity of the work. But she wasn’t wholly satisfied.
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“Although I was happy in my job and doing all the things that ticked ‘success’ boxes, I knew I would always be settling for the easy path if I didn’t choose to bake,” she told The Huffington Post in an email. “I would have these beautiful, styled pictures of cakes and desserts cut out from magazines and pinned to my cubicle walls at work, reminding me that what I was ultimately working towards was having the time and space to be able to get into my baking.”

In April, Lee’s fiancé Thomas posted a photo of one of her confections to Reddit, writing, “Fiancé who quit her job to follow her dream just completed her first wedding cake commission.” The photo of the wedding cake (see right) garnered more than 2,500 upvotes on the site, and one commenter called it “the prettiest cake I’ve seen.”

How’s that for validation? Lee opened up to HuffPost Weddings recently about her life-changing decision.

What was the moment that you finally decided to quit your job and start Unbirthday? Was there one specific event that pushed you over the edge?

I have always been a big believer in pursuing personal passions, whether it be in your career or as a hobby. You could say “The Moment” came when I did my yearly evaluation of my life, something that I do in September around my birthday every year. I give themes to each year — for example, my 30th year was the “Year of Full Engagement”. Thirty-one was the “Year of Learning and Practice”.

I decided my 32nd year would be the “Year of Wholeheartedness.” I took the time to question what this meant for me, and what it would look like if I was living my life “wholeheartedly”. I decided it was important to immerse myself in doing things that I truly loved. Cake-creating was one of those things that I knew I had to do if I was really honest with myself. I also felt strongly that I was at a crossroads in my life — that I could stick to corporate work and climb the ladder, or I could let that idea of myself go and explore my creative side. I also saw this year as a small window of time where I had no major financial obligations in the form of a mortgage or any children that were relying on me, so I could afford to focus my energies on this process.

How long had you been dreaming of pursuing baking full-time?

Since I was a kid! Unbirthday is me as an adult fulfilling what I wanted to do as a child. I remember not wanting dolls or dresses for Christmas, but would dream of the day I would own my own cake mixer.

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What role did your fiancé play in your decision? Was he supportive?

Thomas just proposed last week! He was a true supporter of me and still is to this day. He posted my photos on Reddit as a surprise. He keeps me grounded every day, but still pushes me to fly. He continually checks in with me to see how everything is going, always encouraging me forward. He’s happy to be my taste tester for new creations, and actually volunteers to clean up the kitchen while I work. A girl couldn’t ask for more in a partner!

How did other people in your life (friends, family) react when you told them that you quit your job?

They were supportive and are also used to me making these kinds of life-changing decisions. I dropped out of university when I was 19 to start my own graphic design business. My parents freaked out, and in hindsight, I understand why! I was young and overly confident, thinking I was invincible in my twenties. But that was the time in my life to do some invaluable learning and pick up some fantastic life skills that I wouldn’t have learned if I went down a more conventional path.

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What was your biggest fear about going out on your own?

The most difficult thing was sharing something that was quite personal to me with others. This surprised me a lot, as my last role required me to make cold calls to prospective clients and sell them things. I know a lot of people would rather die than do that, but I loved it and found it easy. With Unbirthday, yes, I am selling cakes, but it is also a form of personal and creative expression which I initially felt quite self-conscious about showing others.

The other hard part was letting go of how I identified myself professionally. I went from being a corporate business development manager to a baker. It made me realize how much we identify and judge people based on what is written on their business cards. Shedding my old identity was hard, but it kept me true to my intentions.

I believe everyone has got their own version of “Unbirthday” somewhere, bubbling away under the surface. I just wanted to make sure that I was able to tell myself that I had given my dreams a real chance, regardless of what the outcome would be. One of my favorite sayings is, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” This is my mantra for life and Unbirthday.

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What does your typical day look like since you started Unbirthday?

I wake up early when I can, and do a round of tai chi training with my father (both my parents are tai chi instructors). Then, I’ll either be fulfilling orders or experimenting with new ideas for cakes. I work from my kitchen at home, so it’s quite relaxing with very little pressure.

Was leaving your other job worth the risk?

Yes, without a doubt. It’s one of those things that I can check off my life’s to-do list — nothing more satisfying than that!

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