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

WPP CEO takes issue with Maurice Lévy's comments

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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.



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