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Droga5 CCO Ted Royer placed on leave, outside firm hired to investigate

Ted Royer of Droga5 was placed on leave; the agency hired an outside investigation service, the details haven't been disclosed / Samuel Zeller via Unsplash

Ted Royer, chief creative officer at Droga5, has been placed on leave. An outside firm has been contacted to conduct an investigation.

According to Adweek, details of the investigation were not disclosed, but Droga5 held departmental meetings last week to discuss the matter.

“As a follow up to the departmental meetings,"Droga chief executive Sarah Thompson wrote in an email to the agency, "I recent held and further Q&A sessions, we want to assure you all that we have been working with an independent firm that we have engaged to assist us with our investigation.”

Royer joins a list of recent absences by executives in the industry, including Wieden + Kennedy chief strategy officer Paul Colman, Publicis Seattle creative chief Andrew Christou and the Martin Agency's Joe Alexander, the latter replaced by Karen Costello.

Earlier today, the New York Times revealed that Vice Media's chief digital officer Mike Germano was dismissed after being placed on leave.

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