Sorrell disparaged again, may feel small

David Ogilvy called him an “odious little jerk.” George Parker refers to him as the Poisoned Dwarf. Now, WPP’s Martin Sorrell is taking some more stick—from an ad exec in China who has severed relations with Grey (recently acquired, of course, by WPP) and formed an alliance with Omnicom, apparently because of unpleasant dealings with Sorrell. At a press conference in Beijing, Yan Gang, CEO of Citic Guoan Group, said Sorrell “had absolutely no manners, no upbringing and no culture,” according to Bloomberg, via The New York Times. It appears that Yan declined to make fun of Sorrell’s height. That’s where Putney Swope picks up the slack: “It was believed that Sorrell didn’t intentionally snub Yan but rather didn’t see him given his severe height advantage over the Asian business leader.”

—Posted by Tim Nudd

Photo: Jim Winslet