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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).

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



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