Wenda Harris Millard's New Business Partner Also Rehabilated!

Wenda Harris Millard — one of our favourite ad sales people — is joining a consulting firm called Media Link, which is run by ad industry guru Michael Kassan. 

Michael was the architect of Microsoft’s successful lobbying effort to defeat the Google-Yahoo partnership last summer.  Wenda, meanwhile, apparently has a thing for working with folks have have rebilitated themselves.

First, she was Co-CEO and president of Martha Stewart Omnimedia.  And now she’s working with Michael, who back in the mid-1990s had his own snafu with the law.

In 1996, the California state bar placed Michael Kassan on interim suspension “following his conviction of violating Penal Code §487(a), grand theft, a crime of moral turpitude.”  Ad Age described the crime as “embezzlement.”  A source familiar with Michael’s history explains that he used money from one company to pay expenses in another company.  Importantly, all of the money was subsequently paid back.  A 1999 LA Times report says “the conviction subsequently was reduced to a misdemeanour and expunged from his record.”


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