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Kevin Roberts steps down

Saatchi & Saatchi Executive Chairman and Publicis Groupe Head Coach, Kevin Roberts, has stepped down in the wake of making comments about women in the advertising industry. Roberts, who was put on leave by Publicis Groupe, will depart at the end of the month.

Announcing the decision, Roberts issued a statement saying,

Fail fast, fix fast, learn fast is a leadership maxim I advocate. When discussing with Business Insider evolving career priorities and new ways of work/life integration, I failed exceptionally fast.

My miscommunication on a number of points has caused upset and offence, and for this I am sorry. I have inadvertently embarrassed Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis Groupe, two companies I love and have been devoted to for almost 20 years.

I have expressed my regret and apology to the companies for the furor (sic) my remarks and language stimulated, and I extend this to colleagues, staff and clients.

Roberts, age 66, was due to retire in May next year.

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Image: Kevin Roberts, photo: Neil Price