Dentsu scrambles to make 'key client meetings', takes 'open floor' approach with staff

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 27 November 2019

The Dentsu ANZ board is already hastily making meetings with key clients and global media partners in the wake of the sudden exit of CEO Henry Tajer.

In an internal memo acquired by AdNews, APAC boss Ashish Bhasin emphasised the importance of the Australian and New Zealand markets to staff.

Bhasin added that after conversations with the ANZ board, the company will make itself available to key clients and media partners "where needed".

He also stated there would be a series of meetings held between staff and local leadership teams over the coming days, adding that the "floor will be open for questions".

Bhasin himself also offered to respond to direct emails, thanking all staff for their ongoing staff. 

Tajer and CFO Reg Davidson were both revealed to be exiting the business effective immediately yesterday. FULL STORY HERE.

The full memo can be read below:

"Australia and NZ are critical markets in our global business strategy. In 2019, our business in Australia has struggled to overcome local business challenges which has resulted in declines. This year, the ANZ leadership team have been creating a blueprint to enable much-needed transformation, leaving the business with stronger foundations for a competitive local business model. This will allow our local leaders to help the market return to growth and I would like to thank Henry and Reg for their support during a difficult period.

"I have been speaking with the ANZ Board today and will be available to our key clients and global media partners where needed. There will be a statement released to the media shortly. Please do not respond to any requests from the media.

"There will be a series of meetings with your local leadership teams in the coming days to share more information and the floor will be open for questions. Please make every effort to attend. In the meantime, if you have any questions please reach out to your local HR or Board representative - alternatively, my door is always open to questions or feedback should you have any. I will respond to any emails you send me. Thank you for your on-going support."

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