Will Martin Sorrell Be Remembered for Saving the Ad Industry, or for Crushing Its Soul?

Insiders debate his influence, but agree on key points

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In the wake of Martin Sorrell’s departure from WPP—and the agency’s cryptic, murky handling of it—one thing is undeniably clear: Over the course of more than three decades, he remade the ad industry in his own image. And almost everyone else had no choice but to follow along.

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