Teneo CEO allegedly carried on an affair with female executive – Page Six

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Former Clinton fixer Declan Kelly allegedly carried on a not-so-secret affair with a senior female executive at his former firm Teneo, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

Kelly served as the US economic envoy to Northern Ireland in Hillary Clinton’s State Department and co-founded the consulting firm Teneo, which made big bucks peddling access to former President Bill Clinton and the secretary of state.

Kelly, who is married with children and was CEO of Teneo until he stepped down on Tuesday, had allegedly been spending time with a female exec at his company for some time, according to multiple insiders.

The insiders at Teneo — the Manhattan firm that promotes itself as helping Fortune 500 CEOs maintain their pristine reputations and avoid scandals — claim that Kelly has been “having an affair with a subordinate for years.”

Another Teneo insider said of the alleged relationship, “It has been an open secret at the firm.”

Representatives for Teneo did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Page Six on Monday.

Kelly’s lawyer Andrew Levander also declined to comment on the record when contacted by phone Monday evening.

On Tuesday morning, Teneo announced that Kelly was stepping down as the powerful CEO of the firm.

The company said in a statement, “The Teneo Board of Directors regrets to announce that Declan Kelly has advised it of his decision to resign from his role as the company’s Chairman and CEO.

“Teneo Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Paul Keary has been appointed CEO, effective immediately.”

We reported last week that Kelly — who famously fell asleep in a viral video at the 2020 Super Bowl — was kicked off the board of the anti-poverty charity Global Citizen after he was allegedly drunk and acted inappropriately with a number of women at their California Vax Live concert in May of this year.

The event was hosted by Selena Gomez and chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with performers including Jennifer Lopez. Teneo was one of the lead corporate sponsors of the event.

One source told Page Six that Kelly allegedly acted inappropriately with as many as six women at a VIP party after the concert.

The Financial Times reported of Kelly, “the inappropriate behavior included the non-consensual touching of a number of women.”

A spokesperson for Teneo and Kelly said at the time, “At a party the night of the concert, Declan drank too much and offended some men and women he was talking to.”

Following the incident, the spokesperson added, “He … offered his resignation to Global Citizen.”

In an email to staff last Thursday, Kelly wrote of the Global Citizen Vax Live event, “On May 2nd I attended the taping of the Global Citizen’s Vax Live concert … during the cocktail reception I regretfully became inebriated and behaved inappropriately towards some women and men at the event.”

He added, “This incident has been a huge wake up call for me. I immediately quit drinking and am undergoing counselling from healthcare professionals. I will never drink again.

“I have learned hard lessons and the work that needs to get done is on me and I am doing it right now. It will be an ongoing journey that will last the rest of my life.”

He added he had temporarily reduced his work responsibilities to focus on his health and planned to be back at full capacity as CEO in September.

Following the incident, General Motors cut ties with the firm as its public relations adviser, the Financial Times reported.


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