Ogilvy & Mather North America Vice Chairman Chris Wall Dies at 61

Chris Wall, a 35-year veteran of the advertising industry who spent the past two decades with Ogilvy & Mather, died Tuesday night after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61. “Chris Wall died last night, and all of us who loved him are hurting beyond belief,” wrote his longtime creative partner and Ogilvy executive…[…]


Blackstone Group Doubles Down on Ad Industry Investment as John Bernbach Becomes Chairman of Ai Media

Last October, private equity firm Blackstone Group entered the digital media and marketing industry for the first time in its 30-plus year history by acquiring a minority stake in Ai Media, a search engine marketing organization that defines itself as an agency rather than an ad-tech company. This week Blackstone, whose CEO Stephen Schwarzman currently…[…]


Diversity Advocates Are Dumbfounded as Saatchi Chairman Claims Gender Bias Is ‘Over’

Depressing. Damaging. Nonsense. Dead wrong. These are just a few of the many terms being used to describe Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts' recent comments on women in advertising, and the chorus of angry voices is likely to continue growing. This week, when asked about the ongoing industry discussion of gender balance and the[…]


Saatchi Chairman Kevin Roberts Placed on ‘Leave of Absence’ Over Gender Comments

Saatchi & Saatchi Chairman Kevin Roberts has been asked by his agency's holding company, Publicis Groupe, to take a leave of absence due to his recent, dismissive comments about gender balance and women in leadership. Publicis' Supervisory Board will then "further evaluate his standing," according to a statement released today by the holding company. Saatchi's[…]