WPP boss tells staff to ‘expect respect’ as group launches review

Mark Read tipped to succeed Sir Martin Sorrell, who quit amid allegations of misconduct

WPP directors are braced for a chastening showdown with investors over their handling of the resignation of Sir Martin Sorrell, whose departure from the empire he ruled for 33 years has triggered lurid allegations of personal misconduct.

The world’s largest advertising company will face protest votes at Wednesday’s annual meeting, the first since Sorrell’s resignation in April.

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