What did Mindshare CEO Nick Emery do to get fired?

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 21 October 2020

The advertising industry has been trying to work out events behind the firing of long-time Mindshare global CEO Nick Emery.

We do know that Emery, who started at Mindshare in 1997, left immediately earlier this month after a clear “breach” of the company’s code of conduct.

This behaviour in question was so “inappropriate and offensive” that “swift” action had to be taken.

But the details are unclear.

Christian Juhl, the global CEO at GroupM: “At Group M and our agencies, we believe everyone should experience an inclusive and respectful workplace culture. Inappropriate and offensive behaviour is not tolerated in our company, and when we see any employee breach of our code of conduct, we take swift action."

One report said the inciting event was a Zoom call.

The Sun newspaper in the UK: “A global advertising boss has been sacked for taking a webcam into his ­toilet during a Zoom call.”

Other sources described the incident as a “juvenile”, "idiotic" and “schoolboy” prank which backfired, resulting in a complaints from others on the Zoom call.

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