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3 Aug 2016

Rob Davies & Jasper Jackson, Guardian (UK)

Executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi resigns after sexist comments going against company’s stance on diversity

"Saatchi & Saatchi boss resigns amid sexism row", 3 Aug 2016

Kevin Roberts, the executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, has resigned after provoking fury by claiming that women in the advertising industry lacked ambition and were not held back by sexism.

Roberts was put on leave by Publicis, the parent company of Saatchi & Saatchi...In a statement, the French global advertising group said Roberts had now resigned...

Speaking to the New York Times, Robert apologised for his comments. “My miscommunication on a number of points has caused upset and offence, and for this I am sorry,” he said...

[Maurice Lévy, the CEO if Publicis] told employees he wanted to “reiterate the group’s no-tolerance policy towards behaviour or commentary counter to the spirit of Publicis Groupe and its celebration of difference as captured in the motto vive la différence”.