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Martin Sorrell stepped down Saturday as CEO of WPP following an internal investigation into financial and personal misconduct. In his note to employees, Sorrell asserted that "WPP is not just a matter of life or death, it was, is and will be more important than that." The sentiment is an allusion to football (as in soccer) legend Bill Shankly's famous assertion about the importance of his sport.

Sorrell had been at the world's largest agency holding company for 33 years. Here's the full text of the statement delivered to WPP employees:

To everyone at WPP

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