These (elderly) boys, for such they mostly are, never turn off, or so we’re told.
So how are they passing the hours between Christmas and the New Year. What’s on their minds?
Sir Martin Sorrell – WPP
Three issues may be exercising SMS.
1/ Why have my media agencies suddenly stopped winning big media reviews? We’re the biggest aren’t we?
2/ What will the Us Department of Justice’s probe into production quotes produce? This is on the mind of all of them of course but the WPP boss maybe most of all. After all WPP is the biggest.
3/ Given that much holding company growth comes from acquisitions, WTF am I going to buy next?
John Wren – Omnicom
1/ What are we going to do with those limeys at adam&eveDDB in London? Give them their own network on top of all that money?
Maurice Levy – Publicis
1/Do I really want to step down. Will it be après moi, le déluge? Maybe the board will change my mind for me?
2/WTF am I going to buy? Time’s running out…
Michael Roth – Interpublic
1/Is someone going to try to buy us?
Tadashi Ishii – Dentsu
WTF am I going to do next? Ishii has just resigned in the wake of the overbilling scandal and the death of an employee from overwork, accepting responsibility for the company’s “excessive” work culture.
Jerry Buhlmann – Dentsu Aegis Network
Do I really want to work in Japan? Would they have me?
Yannick Bolloré – Havas
WTF is dad (Vivendi boss and all-round tycoon Vincent) going to do next?
Scott Kauffman – MDC
Why won’t anyone buy us? It would only take $500m or so. Is that you Martin/Maurice/John? What about China? Get me China….
So there you have it. And HNY to them (and you).