The US Army has reassigned a marketing executive after allegations that he had a personal relationship with an ex-McCann staffer, triggering cries that review of $4B ten-year account has been compromised, reports O’Dwyer’s, which added that “James Ortiz, director of marketing at the Army Marketing and Research Group, has been removed from his position and reassigned pending the results of an internal Army investigation concerning his alleged relationship with a former exec of Interpublic’s McCann, which has been the Army’s agency of record since 2005.

“According to an email written by concerned Department of Defense employees and obtained by Adweek, the Army advertising contract, worth up to $4 billion in taxpayer-funded spending over a 10-year term, has been irreparably compromised. The email was sent anonymously last week to executives at WPP and Omnicom, both of which are competing against McCann for the Army account.

“The authors of the email claim that the relationship between Ortiz and the former McCann executive “shows a conflict of interest on both parties” and “shows a clear and present advantage and access to potentially critical information that could be used in the [McCann] proposal.”

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