Agency CEO's Downfall Leaves Ad Industry Questioning If It's Truly Left the Mad Men Era

Diversity advocates see mixed signals in ouster of JWT's Martinez

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Facing accusations that he made frequent jokes about rape, Jews and African Americans, JWT's global CEO resigned this week, marking an abrupt reversal by his company—and sparking an industrywide moment of reflection.

The allegations that Gustavo Martinez often mocked women and minorities left many wondering if Mad Men's portrayal of leering, intolerant ad executives in the 1960s truly was an artifact of a bygone era or a lingering reality hidden under a veneer of diversity and inclusion.

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