Chairman Kevin Roberts of the UK digital agency Saatchi & Saatchi said that low representation of women in leadership positions was not problematic. According to him the debate women participating in the advertising industry is over. He literally said; “The fucking debate is all over”.
This comment is not well received by the parent company Publicis. In a statement the company announced that gender equality starts at the top of the company. CEO Maurice Levy from Publicis said considering the gravity of the statement of Roberts they asked him to take a leave immediately.
Publicis is one of the largest advertising companies in the world. Beside Saatchi & Saatchi the company has 1354 agencies in 6 regions of the world and 77.000 employees in 108 countries.