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OgilvyOne UK appoints Sam Williams-Thomas as new CEO

17 May, 2012


Jo Coombs succeeds Sam as Managing Director, OgilvyOne UK

LONDON OgilvyOne UK has announced the promotions of Managing Director, Sam Williams-Thomas to Chief Executive, and Jo Coombs (currently Managing Partner) to Managing Director, OgilvyOne UK with immediate effect. Former UK CEO, Annette King, was recently appointed CEO, OgilvyOne EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East).

Sam has been at OgilvyOne for 13 years and was a Client Services Director for two years before being promoted to Managing Director in 2008. Sam has been instrumental in growing the business alongside Annette. Under their leadership, new business billings exceeded £37 million in 2011 alone and the agency’s headcount increased by 10 per cent against a backdrop of limited growth within the industry.

Jo has been with OgilvyOne for the past nine years working as a Managing Partner with responsibility for several major accounts. During this period Jo has also been Joint Client Services Director, and run the American Express Network, Mothercare and Unilever Digital accounts. For the last four years, Jo has been running the Global British Airways Loyalty business, including leading and successfully winning the recent British Airway’s Global Creative Technology pitch.

Paul O’Donnell, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather EAME commented: “The UK agency has experienced phenomenal growth over the last few years and evolved to be a serious player in the digital space. With evolution comes change and now is a natural time for Sam and Jo to step up and drive the agency forward. As long-standing OgilvyOne people, they know the business inside out and are perfectly poised to take advantage of the opportunities this next era brings.”

Speaking about his new role, Sam said: “With clients increasingly looking to Digital and Direct solutions to meet their communications needs, this is an exciting time in the industry and for OgilvyOne. I am looking forward to working with Jo and leading the agency in this changing landscape and into this next phase of growth.”

Jo commented: “We’ve won some significant new business already in 2012 which gives us real momentum to capitalise and build upon. It’s an exciting time at OgilvyOne and I’m delighted to be part of the management team driving it.”

For further information contact:
Poppy Nagra
Group Communications
Ogilvy & Mather UK
Tel. +44 (0)7345 3314
BB. +44 (0)7785459548

OgilvyOne UK was the most awarded DM shop in the UK last year winning at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, taking two Campaign Big Awards and 11 Direct Marketing Association awards. OgilvyOne UK was also crowned Campaign Magazine’s agency of the year in 2010 and 2011, and is widely recognised as UK’s leading direct and digital marketing agency.

About OgilvyOne Worldwide
OgilvyOne Worldwide is the strongest, most experienced and most highly awarded one-to-one marketing network in the world, with over 120 offices in 50 countries. It provides clients with a full range of direct, consulting and interactive services to deliver profitable customer relationships. The roster of clients is equally balanced between global clients including American Express, Cisco, IBM, Lenovo, Nestlé, SAP and Unilever, and leading clients in our local markets. OgilvyOne Worldwide is a unit of Ogilvy & Mather, a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups.

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