Martin Puris, the outgoing chief executive of Ammirati Puris
Lintas, has been quick to display extraordinary concern for the
employees he leaves behind as he staggers off with yet another enormous
cheque from Interpublic (current estimate of compensation for severed
contract: dollars 100 million).
’Rather than convene a maudlin meeting to say goodbye, I thought I’d
take the coward’s way out, e-mail,’ he writes, taking care to point out
that he told the IPG chief, Phil Geier, nearly a year ago that he would
not be available under any circumstances in case of a merger with the
Lowe Group, and that Geier offered him various exciting options to
persuade him to stay.
How odd, though, that the rest of the all-staff e-mail bears ample
testament to Puris’s many achievements (’I must admit that I’m
excessively proud of the many things we have accomplished
together ... etc) but makes scant reference to the thousands of APL
staff he has left behind not knowing whether or not they’ve got jobs