DIARY: Sorrell grips his balls in takeover imbroglio

What did Sir Martin Sorrell, the chairman and chief executive of the newly engorged WPP, do amid his volatile negotiations for Young & Rubicam? Why, he played with his balls.

What did Sir Martin Sorrell, the chairman and chief executive of

the newly engorged WPP, do amid his volatile negotiations for Young &

Rubicam? Why, he played with his balls.



The balls in question belonged to the San Francisco Giants, whose

baseball season was opened this year by Sorrell throwing the first pitch

of the first game - normally a privilege reserved for the President.

Bill Clinton was clearly tied up, however, so the team called in the man

who owns the company that designs the team’s uniforms. An obvious second

choice.



But as proud as Sorrell must have been, he was missed in the office.



The event took place on 1 May, but next day the papers were full of the

story that Publicis was considering teaming up with Y&R after WPP’s

talks had fallen through.



Sorrell eventually persuaded Y&R to agree to his terms of the takeover.

But, of course, this is a man who is well practised in throwing pitches.



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