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WPP-owned Mindshare has fired its Global CEO Nick Emery “with immediate effect following a clear breach of the company’s code of conduct.”
Christian Juhl, the global chief executive of GroupM, will take the role of interim CEO at Mindshare until a successor is appointed.
“At GroupM and our agencies, we believe everyone should experience an inclusive and respectful workplace culture,” Juhl said in a statement. “Inappropriate and offensive behavior is not tolerated in our company, and when we see any employee breach of our code of conduct, we take swift action.”
“Mindshare is made up of thousands of dedicated professionals who deliver our promise of making advertising work better for people around the world. We know they share our vision and values and are focused on the future of the business and the needs of their clients,” Juhl said.
Juhl added that he and Mark Read, the global chief executive of WPP, were “speaking to Mindshare’s clients to advise them of the situation”.
There was no further elaboration on Emery’s sudden departure from the agency which he co-founded in 1997 when WPP merged the media departments at Ogilvy and J. Walter Thompson to form the media agency. Emery would later go on to become the Global CEO in 2012.
Emery, who is British, was a founding member of Mindshare when WPP set it up in 1997 by merging the media departments of Ogilvy and JWT to form a new, standalone media agency. The launch team was made up of Mandy Pooler and Nick Emery from O&M and Ron De Pear and James Walker from JWT
Emery has been global CEO since 2012.
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