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

Diversity advocates hope we've reached a tipping point

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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.

There is "a rot at the top of the industry spreading and still spreading in the most appalling way, and that is what needs to be stopped in its tracks," says diversity advocate Cindy Gallop.

Their comments come not after the ouster of one major agency executive, but after the high-profile firings or resignations of no less than four top execs in 2016: Campbell-Ewald's Jim Palmer, JWT's Gustavo Martinez, RAPP U.S.' Alexei Orlov and, most recently, Saatchi & Saatchi's Kevin Roberts.



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