Adweek report: The Martin Agency chief creative officer Joe Alexander exited after multiple sexual harassment complaints, sources say

JOE-ALEXANDER-MARTIN-AGENCY.jpgAdweek in the US reports that Joe Alexander, the former chief creative officer at The Martin Agency of Richmond, Va., left the company last week after several sexual harassment claims about him were made with the agency, according to multiple agency veterans who spoke to Adweek.

Alexander spent more than 26 years with Martin, serving in the top creative role since 2012. During his tenure, the agency was best known for its award-winning work for such clients as Geico and Walmart. Alexander denies all allegations of impropriety, stating that they are "false."

Eleven individuals, including 10 women and one man, talked with Adweek about their experiences working with Alexander, who is married with children. Several said they reported concerns about his behavior to the agency, citing incidents as far back as the late 1990s. According to one woman who worked there in the 2000s, his nickname among some staff at the time was "HR Joe."

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Albert Weinstein said:

Post Harvey Weinstein, who will be the first Australian ad person to be outed as a sexual predator? One agency creative chief in Melbourne and one former Sydney agency head of TV comes to mind, I'm sure both would be very worried.

Big Whip Me said:

what about that Sydney creative bloke, who fronts his own agency?

Thoughts said:

The melbourne creative chief rings true.

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