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.
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.”