Noel Biderman’s new website touts him as a lawyer with experience as a corporate executive, responsible for “$100’s of Millions in profits and EBITA.”
He’s pictured coaching football, fishing on yachts and holding his wife. He cares: “His philanthropic generosity is focused on underprivileged youth and community enhancing endeavours and education.” And he’s available to offer consulting advice on a wide range of topics, from international expansion to recruitment.
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Biderman also happens to be the former chief executive of the cheating site Ashley Madison, resigning in August after hackers dumped members’ personal information online. But you won’t find a single mention of Ashley Madison at noelbiderman.com.
Biderman has not spoken to the media since news of the hack broke and did not respond Monday to a request for comment. Elan Pratzer, managing partner of Canada at the executive search firm Caldwell Partners, said employers generally take a dim view of prospective hires who leave obvious gaps on their resumes.
“The best way to handle a negative part of your career is generally to deal with it directly, out front, ” Pratzer said. “Your past is discoverable, especially in today’s world. And it’s not one that can be avoided, especially when you’re related to a situation or a story like he was.”