Kevin Roberts Will Resign as Saatchi Chairman After Backlash Over Gender Comments

Already placed on leave, exit will be official Sept. 1

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Less than a week after making dismissive comments about gender bias in the ad industry, Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts has opted to resign, effective Sept. 1.

Roberts was placed on a leave of absence shortly after backlash erupted over a July 29 article in Business Insider highlighted his opinion that gender balance has already been achieved in advertising, colorfully noting "the fucking debate is all over."

He further infuriated diversity advocates by saying the lack of women in executive roles could be because women don't have the "vertical ambition" of men.



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