Lévy: Sorrell's successor should not be 'wicked and nasty'

Publicis boss Maurice Lévy weights in on rival WPP's succession search.

PARIS: Maurice Lévy, the chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe, has told Campaign that whoever succeeds WPP’s chief executive, Martin Sorrell, needs to be "a good human being – not wicked and nasty."

"Whoever succeeds [Sorrell] needs to be a good human being – not wicked and nasty, generous and not greedy, sharing and not selfish or egotistical," he said.

Lévy’s comments came after WPP chairman Roberto Quarta acknowledged that the world’s largest marketing services company has begun both an internal and external search for Sorrell’s successor.

"At some point we all leave our jobs. The question is when," Quarta wrote in WPP’s 2015 Annual Report. "Whether, in Sir Martin’s case, that happens tomorrow, in one, two, three, four, or five years, or even over a longer period, we have already begun to identify internal and external candidates who should be considered." 

Lévy is himself due to retire in May 2017.

Read Campaign’s in-depth analysis for Lévy’s full comments on Sorrell’s successor and the views of other senior players, including a prominent WPP shareholder.

This article first appeared on Campaign.

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