Ogilvy Group recently sacked its chief creative officer, Tham Khai Meng, after an investigation into his behavior following employee complaints. The decision was communicated to staff in a memo by the firm’s CEO John Seifert.
Seifert said he had been informed of employee complaints two weeks before making the decision.
“I found these complaints serious enough to appoint external legal counsel to investigate the matter,” Seifert stated in the memo according to AdAge. “After carefully reviewing the investigation’s findings with several of my partners, we concluded that Khai’s behavior was a clear breach of our company values and code of conduct. I have decided to terminate Khai’s employment with the company with immediate effect… This is an important moment to reaffirm that no individual in this company is too senior or too important not to be held accountable for their actions.”
(TOP: Tham Khai Meng. Photo: Ad Age).
Tham – an advisory board member of Twitter and member of Facebook Creative Council – began his career at Leo Burnett then moved to McCann Erickson and Batey Ads. He was named a co-chairman and regional executive creative director for Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific in 1999.
Tham was appointed Ogilvy’s worldwide creative director and chairman of the group’s worldwide creative council in 2008.
Apart from Twitter and Facebook, Tham‘s other affiliations include serving as an advisor at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and board member at Miami Ad School.
Early this month, this site reported that two account directors at Ogilvy Group’s affiliate in Kenya, Ogilvy PR, had been pushed out of the agency by their high-handed and overbearing boss.