In the wake of The Fader firing its head of content Eric Sundermann as a result of sexual misconduct allegations, the site has further fired president and publisher Andy Cohn after working there for 16 years.
Update: Ahead of the weekend, we incorrectly noted that Andy Cohn was CEO of The Fader; he was President & Publisher, per the publication.
In the immediate aftermath of Sundermann’s dismissal, there were reports that The Fader was also investigating Cohn for both enabling Sundermann’s behavior and ignoring it. But the company at the time rigorously insisted that this was not the case.
However, inside sources at the company reportedly indicated that Cohn and others at the company knew about Sundermann’s behavior even before he was hired. These same sources further indicated that Cohn himself was alleged to have acted inappropriately back in 2011. Because of all this, the site suspended Cohn and initiated an investigation.
In an internal company letter obtained and verified by Variety, the two co-CEOs of the company — Jon Cohen and Rob Stone — announced Cohn’s termination.
The letter said: “The Fader aspires to be the most welcoming place in the industry for creative minds to share their talents with the world. Achieving this means holding ourselves accountable when we fall short — and implementing and improving processes, policies, and procedures that ensure prompt reporting of any potential issues and promote inclusivity.”
It went on to say: “The independent investigators conducted interviews with both current employees and former employees and reviewed internal emails and other documents. In short, we have determined we need to make some real changes in how this company runs in order to achieve our goals.”
It added: “We acknowledge that structural change also requires new leadership. Together with Andy Cohn, we have agreed it is time for a change. After 16 years, Andy will be leaving The Fader.”
The two CEOs added that they would be taking a more active role in the management of the site as they determine “the best path forward for our executive team.”