#MeToo: Four DAN employees axed following investigation
Karthik Iyer, Praveen Das, Bodhisatwa Dasgupta, and Dinesh Swamy have all stepped down from their positions
Published - 18-October-2018
An investigation into allegations of sexual harassment has seen four top executives of Dentsu Aegis Network stepping down from their positions.
The company has issued an official statement on the matter stating:
"Dentsu Aegis Network has always believed in providing a safe environment at our workplaces which is free from any kind of harassments. We have a zero tolerance policy towards any kind of harassment at our workplaces. Mr. Kartik Iyer (CEO) and Mr. Praveen Das (MD) have stepped down from their respective positions and responsibilities at Happy Creative Services. Additionally, Bodhisatwa Dasgupta, Sr. Creative Director, Happy Creative Services and Dinesh Swamy, National Creative Director, iProspect India have also stepped down from their respective positions."
As allegations emerged, Ashish Bhasin, Chairman & CEO - South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network sent a company-wide email emphasising DAN’s zero-tolerance policy, stating, “I want to reach out to all employees of DAN India and reiterate that as an organisation we do not and WILL NOT accept anything but professional behaviour at the workplace. We are committed to taking any complaint in this context to a speedy conclusion post thorough investigation. Any employee found guilty of inappropriate behaviour will face disciplinary action, including Immediate Termination from services.”
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