Several prominent industry figures have waded into the controversy surrounding former J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo Martinez, who resigned from the ad agency after being named in a discrimination lawsuit that alleged he had made frequent sexist and racist jokes.
Publicis Groupe’s CEO, Maurice Levy, furthered the controversy by stating that the JWT case was an isolated industry — "one man’s mistake." Levy’s comments were quickly rebuffed by WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, who said he "[disagreed] violently" with Levy, who "has a habit of ignoring the facts."
And Cindy Gallop, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld and of Publicis Groupe’s BBH New York, condemned Levy’s comments in a series of blistering tweets on Twitter.
So, readers, we ask you: Is sexism a systemic problem in the marcomms industry?