Is This Ad Exec's Resignation Note Pure Arrogance Or Pure Truth?

We’re in two minds over the resignation note penned by Hill Holliday mobile and gaming platform manager Johnny Won, who announced he was quitting on his blog. Was it hubris or boldness for Won to call out his former employer for not rewarding his self-described “unprecedented” performance at Interpublic Group’s Hill Holliday with a promotion?

Won cites the ad awards he’s won, and then complains:

While winning one national award is tough, the same team winning back-to-back across different categories is unprecedented.

But despite winning a second Media Plan of the Year, I also couldn’t get promoted and I now realise that even if I did, it wouldn’t have changed anything. I wouldn’t be richer, or smarter or better off, I just would have continued the same course for another round.

And then he put this pic of a bottle of Veuve Cliquot cooling in a trash can at the Hill Holliday office on his Instagram account, with the caption, “Let’s not be rookies about this.”

Won is leaving to create a local search startup.

For the record, winning different ad awards back-to-back is probably not unprecedented.

Quitting because your bosses won’t promote you is reasonable — either they don’t like you, or something’s wrong, so why stay?

But we’re not sure Won needed to make such a public song and dance of it all while on his way out the door.

He even used his Foursquare account to crow, “Bye bye ad agencies. This isn’t good bye, this is a celebration.”

Hat tip to MediaPost.

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