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Gideon Spanier

UK editor-in-chief

Gideon is the UK editor-in-chief of Campaign. Contact him at or 020 8267 8260.

Martin Sorrell

S4 Capital axes bonuses and ex-CFO exits as fallout from audit woes continues

The Sunday Times published an in-depth report into what it claimed was the accounting 'chaos'.

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S4 Capital cuts earnings by up to 5% after ‘unacceptable’, ‘embarrassing’ audit issue

Financial results have now been published having been postponed twice.

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WPP’s Mark Read on MediaCom merger, pitch pipeline and halving Cannes attendance

CEO talks to Campaign after upgrading growth forecast.

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M&C Saatchi’s record profits and forecasts put pressure on Vin Murria to increase bid

Board takes rare step of issuing 2022 and 2023 profit forecasts.

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WPP upgrades forecast after Group M and PR fuel Q1 growth

No major reductions in client spend despite economic uncertainty.

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WPP sees surge in whistleblowers with nearly 500 reports by staff last year

'Respect in the workplace' and 'protection of WPP’s assets' were top concerns.

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sorrell: Expect ‘resolution’ to S4 Capital audit delay soon and it is not ‘material’

Company and its auditor would already have been “obligated” to disclose any major issue to investors, he says.

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‘Confident’ Publicis shrugs off global jitters with 10.5% growth in Q1

However, French agency group won't upgrade forecasts because of economic uncertainty.

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Despair and shock: How advertising chiefs have been grappling with Russian exits

As agencies and brands continue to close down Russian operations and sanctions start to bite, many fear that it will be a long time before anyone can even think about reopening.

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Publicis pulls out of Russia and hands control of agencies to local management

French agency group employs 1,200 staff in Russia.

Bollore says Vivendi has been sending money and other resources to staff in Ukraine

Yannick Bollore on Havas’ ‘momentum’, M&A and staff escaping from Ukraine

Havas CEO talks to Campaign at Vivendi's annual results.

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Unilever, McDonald's, Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Starbucks join brands suspending operations in Russia

Growing wave of brands have halted some or all of their activities in Russia.

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Big six global agency groups bounce back by adding 32,000 jobs in 2021

The 8.5% increase in headcount followed 6% decline in 2020.

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Is the boom in new advertisers a bubble that's about to burst?

Rising cost inflation and a decline in tech valuations has prompted speculation that some VC backers could rethink investment.

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Mark Read on pay rises and hiring in 2022, Coca-Cola win and Ukraine concerns

WPP CEO talks to Campaign after 'very strong' 2021 results.

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WPP smashes bonus targets with £592m staff payout after 'outstanding' year

Growth in organic revenue of 12.1% puts it near top of the peer group.

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Do agency groups’ strong results prove the doubters wrong?

Campaign’s question of the week provokes some strong answers.

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Amazon becomes ‘biggest advertiser in history’ with record $16.9bn spend

Ecommerce giant’s ad sales operation is also growing rapidly.

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M&C Saatchi awaits ‘put up or shut up’ takeover bid deadline on 3 March

Board has rejected a third offer from Vin Murria’s AdvancedAdvT.


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