Ogilvy fires Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Tham Khai Meng for misconduct

The termination follows a two-week investigation after several employees’ complaints regarding Meng’s behaviour was brought to Seifert’s attention.

Tham Khai Meng
Ogilvy’s CEO, John Seifert in a memo to his worldwide staff, dated July 11th, announced the firing of Tham Khai Meng, the company’s Chief Creative Officer and Co-Chairman. The termination follows a two-week investigation after several employees’ complaints regarding Meng’s behaviour was brought to Seifert’s attention.

According to the Drum website, in the memo, Seifert said, “After carefully reviewing the investigation’s findings, with several of my partners, we concluded that Khai’s behaviour was a clear breach of our company’s values and code of conduct. I have decided to terminate Khai’s employment with the company with immediate effect”.

Tham Khai Meng has been with the company since 2009.

Read the memo sent by Ogilvy Worldwide CEO John Seifert below:

Two weeks ago, I was informed of employee complaints regarding the behavior of Tham Khai Meng, Chief Creative Officer of The Ogilvy Group.
I found these complaints serious enough to appoint external legal counsel to investigate the matter.

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.

Each year, we ask every employee in the company to read, authorize, and fully commit to a code of conduct that each of us is responsible for living up to. Over the past 70 years, we have institutionalized shared values and a standard of professional behaviour unique to the Ogilvy brand.

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.
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