The Board of Directors of PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM) today announced the results of an investigation into alleged violations of the Company’s Code of Ethical Business Conduct relating to the improper use of social media by a former employee. As previously announced, the Company promptly terminated the former employee upon verifying the Code violations.
As part of the Board’s fiduciary duty to fully assess this incident, the Board retained King & Spalding LLP to conduct a thorough independent investigation of the allegations. King & Spalding’s efforts were led by John Horn, a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia who has more than 25 years of experience in government and internal investigations.
The investigation determined the following:
- The former employee had established multiple separate Twitter accounts, which he used to make critical comments relating to certain members of the Pulte family*.
- The former employee acted alone. There was no evidence of involvement in or knowledge of his conduct by any other Company employees.
- There was no evidence that the former employee used artificial intelligence or any other automated technology, such as a bot network, to post on Twitter.
“The Board of Directors and leadership team of PulteGroup sincerely regret that inappropriate comments were posted on social media, and that there was a violation of the standards we hold for all employees,” said Thomas Folliard, PulteGroup Board Chairman. “We have the highest respect for our founder and his family, with which the Company maintains a positive relationship. After this comprehensive review, we consider this investigation complete and closed.”
*William J. Pulte, PulteGroup’s founder, retired in 2010 and passed away in 2018. His grandson, Bill Pulte, was a Board member from September 2016 to May 2020, but has no affiliation with, nor is he a representative of, the Company.