In the wake of the abrupt resignation Martin Sorrell, shown above, from WPP, Mark Read, the Wunderman CEO who has become one of WPP’s two de facto global leaders expressed his confidence in the company’s future in an extended memo that went out to each of its approximately 200,000 employees around the world this morning, reported Adweek.

According to one source, continued the Adweek article, “his is the first such memo to be sent simultaneously to all staff about Sorrell; previously notes about Sorrell’s departure only went to senior management, who were encouraged to distribute to their teams as they saw fit.

“Over the last four days I’ve spent as much time as possible speaking to our people and clients. There’s universal admiration for Martin’s achievements, and sadness about his departure,” Read wrote in opening the memo. “At the same time, there’s a huge amount of support and goodwill for the company, and no shortage of confidence about the future.”

“He went on to describe WPP’s agencies as “major organisations in their own right, with their own strong leaders,” adding, that clients “expect them to continue to deliver, and they have no doubt that they will.”

“Read then stated that the company’s board of directors had given himself and co-COO Andrew Scott “a very clear brief,” with Read handling client and employee relations and Scott overseeing “operational and financial performance and managing the WPP portfolio.”

“After describing WPP’s “greatest strength” as “the depth and diversity of our talent (meaning you),” he wrote that leadership would work to get “even closer” to both clients and tech partners like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Adobe in the coming weeks.

“Read also sought to dispel speculation about a potential breakup of WPP’s assets, writing, “We don’t believe this makes sense. In a world where clients need faster, more agile, integrated solutions, we need to get closer together, not further apart.””

In the D.C. area, WPP’s holding include:

  • AKQA
  • Blue State Digital
  • Burson Marsteller
  • Cohn & Wolfe
  • Hill + Knowlton
  • ISL
  • J. Walter Thompson
  • Ogilvy
  • The Glover Park Group
  • Wunderman

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