Match Group Distances Itself From Tinder CEO Interview

Match Group Inc. on Wednesday sought protection from any damage an interview with the chief executive of one of its dating services may cause. The company, which was expected to price its initial public offering Wednesday evening, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it did not approve nor condone Tinder CEO Sean Rad's interview with the Evening Standard. The article, which was included in full in the SEC filing, included several comments from Rad that could be considered inappropriate. "Mr. Rad is not a director or executive officer of the Company and was not authorized to make statements on behalf of the Company for purposes of the article," Match said in its filing. Executives typically avoid giving interviews in the run-up to an IPO, which is known as a "quiet period." Tinder is one of 45 brands owned by Match Group.

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