ATLANTA Volkswagen's Audi of America said on Friday that it has cancelled agency meetings that had been set for later this month.
The meetings were requested by Michael Lembke, Audi's U.S. marketing director, who was seeking advice about the U.S. advertising industry, said Jennifer Cortez, a company representative. Lembke was to have met with three undisclosed shops, Cortez had said.
In a statement, Audi said, "based on the negative attention that these meetings have garnered and since we are not reviewing the business, we are canceling these meetings in order to clear up any misconceptions." The $75 million Audi account is handled by Havas' McKinney + Silver, Raleigh, N.C.