On the Adweek Podcast: Martin Sorrell and the Fall of a Giant

We look back at the WPP CEO's rise, fall and clouded legacy

Martin Sorrell's corporate ambition took WPP from a wire basket and cage manufacturer to being the largest company in advertising. Getty Images
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It was the resignation heard ’round the world. This weekend, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell announced he was leaving his own company, one he acquired as a wire basket manufacturer and turned into an unprecedented marketing juggernaut.

Here at Adweek, we had already recorded our weekly podcast, “Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad,” when the news broke, so we decided to give Sorrell’s abrupt departure its own bonus episode.

In this 18-minute chat, Adweek editorial director James Cooper and creative editor David Griner discuss Sorrell’s rise to power, his dizzying intellect, the struggles that dogged his final days at WPP and our predictions on how the corporation might emerge from this transition.

You can stream the episode below (along with our original weekly episode), but be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or follow us on Spotify so that you won’t miss any future episodes.


As for our full episode this week, that one’s packed with news and insights too. We welcome Adweek tech staff writer Marty Swant to talk about the rise of the Chief Privacy Officer, along with Facebook’s (related) time in the Congressional spotlight.

And of course we recap the week’s best ads, which include Mariah Carey’s unexpected stay at a hostel and French retailer Monoprix’s joyously awful “Worst Song in the World.”

Stream it here:


@griner david.griner@adweek.com David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."