Australian media agency Atomic 212 founder and group CEO Jason Dooris will leave the agency following controversy over reports he made misleading claims in industry award entries.
Dooris, who founded the agency with co-founder and chief digital officer James Dixon eight years ago, was at the center of an investigative report by Mumbrella.
The report claimed Dooris had exaggerated work for clients, claimed to have won competitive pitches that never occurred and inflated billings in entries for industry awards.
Atomic 212 today released a statement confirming Dooris’ departure but did not acknowledge the controversy the agency has courted since the report last year.
“After leading more than eight years of continuous growth as the group CEO and founder of Atomic 212, the business announced today that Jason Dooris is set to leave the agency he founded with childhood friend, James Dixon. Dooris plans to realise a life family goal in undertaking studies in Political Science and Terrorism at Oxford University and also to spend time with his young family.”
“Jason was severely injured in the Sari Club in Kuta Beach when the terrorist bomb exploded in October, 2002, killing 202 people. His best friend Michael Standring died in the firestorm that followed the massive explosion.”
Dixon said, “It’s wonderful to see Jason pursue something that’s so uniquely important to him and his family. Given his personal experiences, I have always admired his balanced and understanding view of the world.”
Dooris said in the statement, “The past eight years of Atomic has been the highlight of my career and thanks to a solid foundation, the company is very well-positioned for continued growth, expansion and success. I will really miss the team but also really look forward to learning more about a subject that is very important to me.”