If Sorrell was so influential, why can't adland agree on his legacy?
When did we all get so hung up on the idea of legacy?
Is Sorrell is "great name" in the advertising and business world? You bet WPP's £16bn market capitalization he is. But has he left a "great example?" Here the debate grows more fractious.
Perhaps this is where Ahmed is right. We are viewing Sorrell's lasting contribution to the worlds of advertising and business through the prism of his demise, and it may take months, years and even decades before the full scope of his impact is understood.
"Sir Martin's lasting legacy has to be that age is no barrier to success. As an outsider setting up WPP in his forties he built the most incredible organisation, the biggest U.K. based holding company, this has to be an inspiration for anyone of any age or experience contemplating setting up their own business today in our industry," Morrison says.