The executive chairman of global communications agency Saatchi & Saatchi has been placed on leave after making controversial remarks about women in the workforce.
Kevin Roberts, who is also the "head coach" of Saatchi & Saatchi's parent company Publicis Groupe, told Business Insider on Friday that women employees lacked "vertical ambition."
"Their ambition is not a vertical ambition, it's this intrinsic, circular ambition to be happy," he said during an interview focusing on gender diversity in the advertising industry.
"So they say: 'We are not judging ourselves by those standards that you idiotic dinosaur-like men judge yourself by'. I don't think (the lack of women in leadership roles) is a problem. I'm just not worried about it because they are very happy, they're very successful, and doing great work. I can't talk about sexual discrimination because we've never had that problem, thank goodness," he added.