In the wake of a discrimination lawsuit accusing him “of a pattern of sexist and racist behavior,” “Gustavo Martinez, chief executive of ad agency J. Walter Thompson, has resigned,” reports the Wall St. Journal.
The story says “Last week, Erin Johnson, JWT’s chief communications officer, filed a lawsuit against JWT and Mr. Martinez, alleging that the executive engaged in an ‘unending stream of racist and sexist comments as well as unwanted touching and other unlawful conduct.’ Ms. Johnson said his behavior amounted to gender discrimination and a violation of her civil rights.”
Martinez has denied the allegations, calling them “outlandish.”
The story notes that “WPP PLC, the parent company of JWT, said in a statement Thursday that Mr. Martinez resigned ‘by mutual agreement’ for the ‘best interest’ of JWT.
The article also says that “Mr. Martinez is being succeeded by Tamara Ingram, a WPP executive who is one of the highest-ranking women in the advertising business.”
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