Irwin Gotlieb hasn't taken two consecutive weeks off in the last 48 years. That's about to change.
The GroupM chairman, who announced he was retiring from his role Friday morning, will now serve as an advisor to WPP. He told us he's committed to WPP CEO Martin Sorrell for at least three years and is keeping his office for now. We grabbed Gotlieb for a brief look back on his career and what's ahead for the media agency world.
Why leave now?
I started this process a few years ago. And I've always felt strongly that one shouldn't define oneself by what we do. I've always had other interests, and I'm going to be 69 years old this summer. And it's time. It has been time. I've sent some very clear signals, both internally and externally, to that effect. I stopped using my CEO title six years ago. And at the time I was really thinking of wrapping it up after three years. And somehow, one thing led to another and I'm still here six years later. But it is time.
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