Gideon Spanier Omar Oakes
Oct 15, 2020

Nick Emery is ousted as Mindshare global CEO after 'breach of conduct'

WPP said "inappropriate and offensive behaviour is not tolerated."

Nick Emery is ousted as Mindshare global CEO after 'breach of conduct'

Nick Emery, the global chief executive of Mindshare, has left the media agency with immediate effect "following a clear breach of the company's code of conduct", GroupM, the media-buying arm of WPP said. 

Christian Juhl, the global chief executive of GroupM, will assume the role of Mindshare interim CEO until a permanent successor is appointed.

Mindshare staff learned of the shock news in an email from Juhl today (14 October).

Juhl said in a statement: “At GroupM and our agencies, we believe everyone should experience an inclusive and respectful workplace culture. Inappropriate and offensive behaviour 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.”

In the internal email, seen by Campaign, Juhl told staff that "we received notice of an incident last week" and launched an investigation.

Juhl added he and Mark Read, the global chief executive of WPP, were “speaking to Mindshare’s clients to advise them of the situation”.

Campaign has contacted Emery who declined to comment.

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.

He became global CEO in 2012.

Mindshare grew into one of the biggest media agency networks in the world with close to US$18 billion in annual billings and clients such as Nike, Unilever and Facebook.

Source:
Campaign UK

Related Articles

Just Published

43 minutes ago

Publicis.Poke to help employees facing the menopause

Policy aims to break down taboo of speaking about the menopause at work.

2 days ago

Mindshare adds dedicated China leadership

EXCLUSIVE: APAC CEO Amrita Randhawa has relinquished her China responsibilities to two new leaders, Benjamin Condit and Linda Lin.

2 days ago

Pinterest unveils new tools and insights for marketers

Major takeaways from the platform’s first global advertiser summit.

2 days ago

Crash Course: How to develop a content strategy

You know content should be a key part of your overall brand strategy, but where do you start? This course explains the key steps you should take to ensure an effective content journey.