Corporate CFO fired for tweets, Facebook updates

Read the tweets and updates that cost Gene Morphis, the chief financial officer of Francesca’s Holdings, his high-profile job.


Even millionaire corporate executives aren’t immune to costly social media gaffes.

Meet Gene Morphis, the former CFO for fashion retailer Francesca’s Holdings Corp. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, he was fired for venting his frustrations on his public Facebook and Twitter pages.

Here are the posts that helped lead to his untimely exit:

• Jan. 27 on Facebook: “Roadshow completed. Sold $275 million of secondary shares. Earned my pay this week.”

• Mar. 6 on Twitter: “Dinner w/Board tonite. Used to be fun. Now one must be on guard every second.”

• Mar. 13 on Facebook: “Earnings released. Conference call completed. How do you like me now Mr. Shorty?”

Morphis’s blog, Morph’s View, is still live. On the blog, his bio says:

“I’m a middle-aged, politically conservative guy. I’ve been married to the same wonderful woman for 36 years. I’ve had a good career run as a financial officer. I’m also increasingly unhappy with demise of the conservative movement in the U.S., which will be the topic of many posts.”

His Twitter feed, @theoldcfo, is still live, as is his Facebook profile, which still lists him as CFO of Francesca’s Holdings.

Morphis is certainly is not alone. The Web is full of examples of people who were fired over things they said or did on social media sites. One of them recently told us her story.

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