Martin Sorrell Addresses JWT Lawsuit, Acknowledging Sexism Is an Industrywide Problem

WPP CEO takes issue with Maurice Lévy's comments

Convergent TV Summit returns March 21-22. Hear timely insights from TV industry experts virtually or in person in NYC. Register now to secure your early bird pass.


At the 4A's Transformation conference in Miami today, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell wasted no time diving into one of the industry's most buzzed-about topics: the case against former J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo Martinez over alleged sexism and racism and its implications for the industry as a whole. 

Sorrell, who spoke via satellite from London, acknowledged that the industry has a major problem with racism and sexism. He said, "We mutually agreed that [Martinez] would resign" after JWT chief communications officer Erin Johnson filed a lawsuit against the former CEO alleging that he routinely made racist comments and joked about raping female colleagues.

AW+

WORK SMARTER - LEARN, GROW AND BE INSPIRED.

Subscribe today!

To Read the Full Story Become an Adweek+ Subscriber

View Subscription Options

Already a member? Sign in