Ogilvy global creative boss fired following misconduct allegations

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 12 July 2018
Tham Khai Meng

Ogilvy has fired chief creative officer Tham Khai Meng after an internal investigation into misconduct allegations.

Ogilvy Group CEO John Seifert announced his departure in a memo to employees today. 

“After carefully reviewing the investigation’s findings with several of my partners, we concluded that Khai’s behavior was a clear breach of our company values and code of conduct,” Seifert said. 

“I have decided to terminate Khai’s employment with the company with immediate effect.”

Meng joined Ogilvy in 2000 as regional creative director in Asia Pacific before being promoted to worldwide chief creative officer in 2009. 

He has been a spokesperson for Ogilvy in recent years, most recently speaking at Cannes Lions, announcing the network’s mission to hire more women across its various agencies.

Ogilvy did not disclose the subject of the allegations.

That has been reckoning across the industry with the #MeToo movement leading to the departure of several execs.

Also, earlier this year Droga5 fired CCO Ted Royer, citing the need for ‘a safe and inclusive environment'.

There were also allegations made about Sir Martin Sorrell, which he strongly refutes.

Meng is also an advisory board member at Twitter and a member of the Facebook Creative Council. Facebook as been approached for comment.

Twitter refused to comment.

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