Annette King promoted to CEO Ogilvy & Mather UK


WEBWIRE – Thursday, May 22, 2014

Annette King has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ogilvy & Mather UK1. King succeeds Paul O’Donnell, who is promoted to CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME)2. King will continue to lead OgilvyOne in the EAME region and will still report to O’Donnell who retains his role as Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather UK. Both will be based in London and take up their roles with immediate effect.

King has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks at OgilvyOne. She joined the agency in August 2000 and was promoted to Managing Director in early 2008 and to Chief Executive Officer just nine months later. In May 2012, after OgilvyOne underwent a period of phenomenal growth3 and was crowned Campaign Magazine’s Agency of the Year for three consecutive years, King was promoted to CEO, OgilvyOne EAME and a position on the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board.

O’Donnell was appointed Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK in 2009. Since then, the Group has experienced five years of consecutive growth under his leadership. O’Donnell has held a number of senior positions since joining Ogilvy in 1985 and is particularly credited with spearheading OgilvyOne’s growth in EAME, Asia Pacific and Latin America. O’Donnell sits on the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Speaking about her new role, King said: “I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to run Ogilvy & Mather UK. I can’t wait to start working with the teams across the Group to take the business forward, building on the enormous growth of the last five years"

O’Donnell commented: “It’s a fantastic time to be moving in to this regional role, as Europe shows early signs of a resurgence and we complete our network in Africa and the Middle East. I have promoted Annette five times in her 14 years at the agency because it works. Her track record in all her previous roles speaks for itself and I’m looking forward to her broader contribution to our business in the UK.”

1 Formerly know as Ogilvy Group UK
2 Daniel Sicouri will continue in his role as Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather EAME
3 During Annette’s tenure as CEO, OgilvyOne UK grew by 30 per cent (between 2008 and October 2011)

About Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. It was named both the Cannes Lions Network of the Year and the EFFIEs World’s Most Effective Agency Network for two consecutive years, 2012 and 2013. The company is comprised of industry leading units in the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; health care communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics; branded content and entertainment; and specialist communications. O&M services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 500 offices in 126 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY). For more information, visit www.ogilvy.com, or follow Ogilvy on Twitter at @Ogilvy and on Facebook.com/Ogilvy.


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