Mindshare Global CEO Nick Emery on Wednesday was relieved from his duties with immediate effect "following a clear breach of the company's code of conduct", WPP’s media buying arm GroupM said in a statement.
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“GroupM CEO Christian Juhl will assume the role of Mindshare Interim CEO until the appointment of a permanent successor,” GroupM said.
Speaking on the development, Juhl said, “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 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.”
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.