Former H&K Exec Counsels Lay Family
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Former H&K Exec Counsels Lay Family

M.A. Shute, former general manager of the Houston office of Hill & Knowlton, reportedly provided public relations advice to the wife of former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay before her appearance on NBC’s Today Show.

Paul Holmes

HOUSTON, January 30—M.A. Shute, former general manager of the Houston office of Hill & Knowlton, reportedly provided public relations advice to the wife of former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay before her appearance on NBC’s Today Show last week.
 
According to newspaper reports, Linda Lay was “carefully prepared” for the interview with reporter Lisa Myers, during which she insisted that her husband had no involvement in the shady deals that brought the company to its knees. Linda Lay defended her husband as honest and ethical and said she and her family were forced to sell their possessions to try to head off personal bankruptcy.
 
Kenneth Lay’s sister, Sharon, told the Houston Chronicle that she received a call from Shute, who was vacationing in the Caribbean. “We wanted M.A. to give us some suggestions and insight as to how to handle all of this,” says Sharon Lay, who claims Shute spent a week advising the family on how to deal with the media.
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