New York (CNN Business) Goya’s board of directors had enough of CEO Robert Unanue’s public comments in support of former President Donald Trump and his unfounded claims of voter fraud. On Friday, it voted to muzzle him.
Goya foods bans its CEO from doing interviews without the board permission, after he called Biden’s win unverified!!
Anyone standing behind Tя☭mp and his lies, I’m boycotting…..
I’m done with Goya.
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The board of the privately held Latino food company voted to censure Unanue, following his most recent controversial remarks that questioned the legitimacy of the November election, according to a person familiar with the board’s actions, who spoke to CNN on the condition that their name not be used.
Goya Foods Moves To Silence Trump-supporting CEO
The Hispanic foods giant, @GoyaFoods, has agreed to censure its Trump loving CEO Robert Unanue after he questioned the results of the Presidential election in a recent television appearance.#WeAreNYLFF #NYLFF #NYLFF2021 pic.twitter.com/ZlnRYhJK0Y
— NYLatinoFilmFestival (@NYLFF) January 26, 2021
Unanue will no longer be allowed to speak to the media without the board’s permission, the source said. The decision was first reported by the New York Post Monday evening.
The source said this is a “full stop” on Unanue speaking to the press, not only about politics, but also about the company itself.
Goya Foods votes to silence pro-Trump CEO Robert Unanue https://t.co/Ck8BH56Edz
— Machelle (@Minx970) January 26, 2021
A majority of Goya shareholders favor removing Unanue altogether but have been prevented from doing so by the dynamics of the family-controlled company, according to the source.
“The company has never been political or politicized,” said the source. “He’s gone from bad CEO to CEO that has imperiled the future of the company and endangered the lives of some of the shareholders,” the source said in reference to some Unanue family members having allegedly received threats because of the CEO’s comments.