Massimo Costa set to leave Y&R Europe

Massimo Costa, the chairman and chief executive of Y&R EMEA, is understood to have resigned from the network.

It is thought that he has become disillusioned with the progress of the WPP-owned Y&R in the past year.

A source close to Costa also said that his relationship with Hamish McLennan, the chief executive of Y&R, has soured recently.

However, Costa denied that he had left the company. He said: "I have not resigned from Y&R and have no plans to. That is the truth."

WPP is known for taking a strict line with outgoing executives both in terms of what they can talk about and when they can return to work.

Y&R and WPP refused to comment on the story.

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