Joe Alexander, Martin Agency’s former creative director, resigned late last week to avoid an investigation. The company confirms that Alexander’s finished work on Friday.
Alexander joined the company in 1991, being appointed by the longtime leader Mike Hughes. He very quickly got promoted to the chief creative position in 2012, and became famous for creative stories for clients big and small, including Oreo, Benjamin Moore, Walmart, JFK Library, and Geico. They also received many recognitions including the 2015 Cannes Lions Grand Prix in Film for the “Unskippable” campaign. Its “Clouds Over Cuba” campaign for the JFK Library received 11 Cannes Lions as well as an Emmy.
“The Martin Agency is my family. Rather than a drawn-out, hurtful investigation, resigning was the proper thing to do to protect my family and all the people I’ve worked so closely together with in my 26 wonderful years,” Alexander mentioned in an email statement. “I will always love that place and people who make it so special. Please respect my privacy during this very, very sad time.”
Alexander didn’t include any detail of the allegations. Likewise, the Martin Agency has not included any facts related to the allegations responsible for Alexander’s departure. “There are instances when we’re unable to provide details in deference to the request of individuals who have come forward to report actions of others that are inconsistent with our values and guidelines,” Jarrett includes in one of his email.
“What a great run,” Alexander mentioned on his Facebook. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work we accomplished together. Agency of the Year. An Emmy. A Film Grand Prix. More important, it has been a blessing of a lifetime to do work I love with people I love. I couldn’t even begin to name so many for fear of leaving so many out. The Martin creative bar will continue to remain high because of the deepest bench in the business. I wish everybody nothing but the best. And I look forward to the next adventure. Shedding a tear tonight through an eye toward the future. Cheers.”