Ogilvy’s European president leaves post

LONDON: Ogilvy is on the hunt for a European president following the departure of Paul Philpotts, who left on January 21 to become a partner at financial PR agency Square Mile Communications. Philpotts had been in the position for less than two years.

LONDON: Ogilvy is on the hunt for a European president following the departure of Paul Philpotts, who left on January 21 to become a partner at financial PR agency Square Mile Communications. Philpotts had been in the position for less than two years.

LONDON: Ogilvy is on the hunt for a European president following

the departure of Paul Philpotts, who left on January 21 to become a

partner at financial PR agency Square Mile Communications. Philpotts had

been in the position for less than two years.



According to Ogilvy president and CEO Bob Seltzer, Philpotts’ departure

came as a surprise. ’It’s not something that we would have liked to have

happened,’ said Seltzer. However, he added that the agency was

well-positioned to continue without a European president on a temporary

basis, since Philpotts created stronger leadership at a local level by

bringing in Donna Zurcher to head the agency’s UK operation in February

1999.



Philpotts said that his decision to leave the agency was based on the

opportunity to become a partner at a smaller firm that he could help

grow, particularly since he spent the last 15 years at large

international agencies such as Ogilvy, Burson-Marsteller, Shandwick and

Hill & Knowlton. ’I’m not sure if the timing suits Ogilvy, but it worked

for me,’ said Philpotts.



Seltzer was unsure when the agency would appoint a new European

president, but said that he is expecting to hire someone from outside

the firm.



’The president of Europe for Ogilvy needs to be a visionary to help us

stay ahead of the curve,’ said Seltzer. ’This person needs to know how

to serve clients, promote product development, look after global

business and make sure we train and grow our people.’



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