WPP chief resigns after allegations of ‘personal misconduct’

WPP chief resigns after allegations of ‘personal misconduct’

The CEO of WPP, Martin Sorrel, has quit his role after the company appointed lawyers to investigate alleged misconduct regarding financial impropriety, according to a report published by Reuters. The investigation is now complete, although no further statement has been issued by WPP.

Sorrell is said to have refuted the accusations levelled against him in a farewell letter to staff but has resigned from his role nonetheless, claiming that the ‘current disruption’ was negatively affecting the business. ‘in your interest, in the interest of our clients, in the interest of all shareowners, both big and small, and in the interest of all our other stakeholders, it is best for me to step aside,’ read the missive, per Reuters.

WPP has named Chairman Roberto Quarta Executive Chairman pending the appointment of a replacement for Sorrell. Mark Read, Digital Executive, and Andrew Scott, Chief Operating Officer, Europe have been named joint Chief Operating Officers.

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  1. This will create a big power vacuum in the company. Martin Sorrell led the business to its global position as industry leader and he will be a hard act to follow. Having said that the industry is rapidly changing and the role of companies like WPP is being eroded by social media mega-groups going direct and effectively bypassing the need for WPP and others to play the role they have traditionally done to creating, managing and implementing advertising campaigns. Its a changing media world for sure.


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