Gustavo Martinez

JWT and Gustavo Martinez Deny Racist, Sexist and Anti-Semitic Claims in New Court Filings

In documents filed this week in Manhattan federal court, former J. Walter Thompson global CEO Gustavo Martinez and his onetime employer formally denied almost every claim made against them in a suit filed by the WPP agency's global chief communications officer Erin Johnson early last year.

Whistleblower Says JWT Has Turned Her Into a ‘Pariah’ and Is Pressuring Her to Resign

What's it like to return to work eight months after you filed an explosive lawsuit that led to the ouster of your agency's global CEO? For Erin Johnson, worldwide PR chief for J. Walter Thompson, the experience has been like being placed "in a box" with little actual work to do and a looming sense of being an outcast among her peers. 

Erin Johnson Is Returning to JWT 8 Months After Discrimination Suit Against the Agency

Erin Johnson, the JWT global communications officer who made headlines around the world in March when she filed a lawsuit against her employer and her now-former boss, Gustavo Martinez, will be returning to her job at JWT in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Ad Execs Behaving Badly: A Look at 2016’s High-Profile CEO Snafus

Even by advertising's typically high standards of executive churn, 2016 has been a C-suite bloodbath. And it hasn't happened quietly.

Are Agencies Finally Ready to Confront the ‘Rot at the Top of the Industry’?

The advertising industry's top women are done mincing words. "A cancer" is how 4A's President Nancy Hill describes the agency world's lingering gender bias and racial insensitivity.  "The industry has a huge diversity problem," says veteran creative Nancy Vonk.

Legal Filing Claims WPP Is Downplaying ‘Sexist, Humiliating’ Behavior by Former JWT CEO

The legal team for Erin Johnson says her agency's parent company, WPP, is trying to downplay offensive behavior by ousted JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez while also tacitly discouraging other potential whistleblowers from stepping forward.

Lawyers for JWT, WPP and Gustavo Martinez File Motion to Dismiss Discrimination Suit

Lawyers for WPP, J. Walter Thompson and Gustavo Martinez filed motions in New York's U.S. District Court today seeking to dismiss in its entirety the suit filed by global chief communications officer Erin Johnson against her employer this March.

Watch the Video of JWT’s Ex-CEO Making a Rape Joke at a Company Meeting

For the first time, the public can now see one of the incidents listed in a discrimination case against J. Walter Thompson's former CEO, Gustavo Martinez. 

New Filing in JWT Discrimination Case Accuses Agency of ‘Encouraging’ CEO’s Sexist Behavior

Lawyers representing JWT's chief communications officer, who is suing her agency over claims of discrimination, today filed a court document arguing that video footage of former CEO Gustavo Martinez joking about rape should be allowed into evidence.

Could the JWT CEO Scandal Become a Watershed Moment for Change?

Unlike 4A's conferences in recent memory, soul-searching was the underlying theme in Miami this year—mostly the result of the fallout from the case against former J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo Martinez over alleged sexism and racism. Panel sessions and keynotes hit on the lack of diversity (and, to a lesser degree, transparency) in the ad business.