Dr Mumbo

Gruen’s conflict shop

todd sampson gruen conflictAnd so to ABC’s Gruen, which last night covered as its two major topics the rise of Aldi and Etihad’s global ad featuring Nicole Kidman.

Two subjects which you’d think would put regular panelist Todd Sampson at something of a conflict, given the agency he is chairman of, Leo Burnett, has Woolworths as its biggest client.

Or the fact he also sits on the board of Qantas, one of the companies which has suffered most at the rise of Etihad in Australia.

Whilst host Wil Anderson did nod to the fact that Sampson has “worked with Woolworths in the past” there wasn’t a mention made in the show of his affiliation with the airline.

Either these were two of the most burning topics to discuss (as Anderson told Mumbrella they try and avoid issues which conflict panelists) or Sampson in his new role as non-executive chairman of Leo Burnett he’s not got much to do with the agency at all.


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