Daily Archives: August 16, 2010

John Gapper

Ouch. Michael Roth of Interpublic, the advertising group, does not seem to have much time for the high profiles enjoyed by his fellow chief executives Sir Martin Sorrell and Maurice Lévy.

Mr Roth ended his interview in the FT today with this withering observation on the leadership styles at WPP and Publicis, two of his biggest rivals:

The finger-pointing and whispering of Soho and Madison Avenue is not a game he is keen to play.

“I don’t talk about other businesses. I would say John Wren [Omnicom's chief executive] and I are more similar in that regard than Maurice and Martin. I don’t make it about me, I make it about our agencies.”

Make it about me, indeed. Well, it is true enough that both Sir Martin and Mr Lévy are often in the news and are seen as personifying their companies. Read more