OgilvyOne chief Annette King has become the latest DM boss to be promoted to a much wider role, after being handed the job of UK chief executive of Ogilvy Group.
The move sees King relinquish her duties in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, to spearhead all Ogilvy Group companies in the UK, including ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, Ogilvy Healthworld and Ogilvy PR. Their chief executives will now report to her.
UK chairman of Ogilvy Group Paul O’Donnell, himself a former OgilvyOne chief exec, has taken on some of King’s responsibilities by becoming EAME chief executive of Ogilvy Group.
King started her career at Wunderman in 1992, switching to the agency’s New York office in 1996. In 2000, she moved back to the UK and spent four years running the integrated American Express business at OgilvyOne.
She then went through a series of promotions, including client service director, head of new business, and deputy managing director. King became managing director in 2007 and was promoted to chief executive a year later. She was handed the EAME role in 2012.
O’Donnell said: “It’s a fantastic time to be moving into this regional role. 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.”
King follows the likes of O’Donnell and Rory Sutherland at Ogilvy, Lisa Thomas at M&C Saatchi, and Steven Aldridge and his former business partner Phil Andrews at Engine Group, who have all been promoted to wider agency roles.
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