(Full Disclosure: I have done work in the past for the7stars, mentioned here.) Last week’s Cog Blog noted that out of the six major holding companies, the U.K. heads of three of them (Havas, Starcom, Carat) along with the EMEA President of OMD have all announced their departures. People leave their jobs for all sorts of reasons, of course, and no one is suggesting some sort of weird collaboration designed to undermine the entire holding company sector, but you have to admit it is unusual for four such senior figures to leave at pretty well the same time. Gideon Spanier in a Campaign article argued that agencies need to change, that change needs leadership and that leadership seems to be in short supply.
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