Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Saatchi Chairman Is Disciplined After Saying Women Lack 'Vertical Ambition' - FORTUNE

by Claire Zillman
Originally published: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Fortune.com 

He also suggested that the debate over gender diversity in advertising is “over.”

Publicis Groupe was quick to try to clean up the mess made by Saatchi & Saatchi executive chairman Kevin Roberts, who said that women employees lack “vertical ambition” in an interview last week. He also suggested that the debate of gender diversity in the advertising world is “over.”

The communications giant—which owns Saatchi, a communications and advertising firm—released a statement on Saturday stating that, given the gravity of Roberts’ remarks, it had asked him to take an immediate leave of absence. The supervisory board will “further evaluate his standing.” The company also said that Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO Maurice Lévy sent a statement to all Publicis Groupe employees that reiterated the company’s “no-tolerance policy towards behavior or commentary counter to the spirit of Publicis Groupe.”