Wieden + Kennedy London Fires Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and 10-Year Veteran Paul Colman

Agency statement cites 'corrective action'

Colman, who joined the agency in 2007, was promoted to partner in 2016.
Weiden + Kennedy

This week, Wieden + Kennedy London fired chief strategy officer Paul Colman, a global partner who spent more than 10 years with the agency.

“I can confirm that Paul Colman will no longer be working at W+K London,” said an agency spokesperson.

Paul Colman

The representative declined to elaborate on the reasons for Colman’s abrupt departure but provided the following statement: “W+K does not tolerate harassment of any kind. If harassment or inappropriate conduct is reported, a timely investigation is conducted, and if a violation is found to have occurred, appropriate corrective action is taken.”

“We also do not comment on internal matters,” she added.

Colman joined the independent agency’s London offices as head of planning in 2007, according to his LinkedIn profile. He previously worked in the marketing department of probiotic beverage brand Yakult (a onetime Wieden + Kennedy client) and held a planner role at Y&R London.

Colman was named to the newly created position of chief strategy officer in early 2014 and became one of 15 new global partners two years later with the launch of the 24-strong Wieden + Kennedy Stakeholders group. At the time, a statement from the Portland, Ore., network said, “Our leadership needs to be a bigger and better reflection of the agency we have become.”

Adweek reached out to Colman via email and social media but has yet to receive a response.

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