"I'm going to start again."
So promises Sir Martin Sorrell, who departed his role as CEO of WPP Group last month after 33 years leading the agency holding company.
Sorrell left WPP following accusations of financial misconduct, marking the sudden end to three decades at the helm of an organization that he transformed from a manufacturer of wire and plastic products into a marketing-services powerhouse that owns iconic agencies like Ogilvy and JWT, research firms Kantar and Millward Brown, public-relations giant Burson-Marsteller, digital shop AKQA, and analytics expert Xaxis.
Although he was coy on the exact plans for his future, Sorrell suggested his "extraction" from the London-based enterprise has yielded a silver lining. More specifically, the adland titan revealed he is benefiting from a fresh perspective on the multiple obstacles that face the agency business.