Ogilvy PR North America CEO Robert Mathias to depart at end of year

Global CEO Stuart Smith is assuming Mathias' responsibilities until a replacement is found.

WASHINGTON: Ogilvy Public Relations regional CEO for North America Robert Mathias is planning to exit the firm at the end of the year.

Ogilvy PR global CEO Stuart Smith will assume Mathias’ responsibilities. Mathias will remain in the office until the end of the year as part of the transition. The firm hopes to have a replacement hired early next year.

"[Mathias] has been a valued and valuable member of our team for more than two decades and we are grateful for his service as head of our San Francisco office, head of our Washington, DC, office, and as regional CEO for North America for Ogilvy PR," Smith said.

Mathias has worked at Ogilvy since 1988, leading its San Francisco office and later its Washington operations. He stepped into the role of regional CEO for North America in early 2013.

After 21 straight years at Ogilvy, Mathias said he wants to do something new, but didn’t elaborate on what kind of position he is seeking.

"I have had many opportunities to do many different things here," he said. "I have worked with great people inside the agency and on the client side and did some meaningful work. Ogilvy has been accommodating and gracious."

In February, Ogilvy PR narrowed Mathias’ responsibilities to focus on the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Although Smith took on Mathias’ North America duties at that time, Mathias’ title remained the same.

The WPP agency’s Atlanta office also saw a change in leadership in February, as its chief, Mickey Nall, departed the firm. Michael Dobak, Ogilvy & Mather West and South CEO, took on Nall’s responsibilities.

Smith was promoted to the global CEO role in September 2014, replacing Christopher Graves, who became chairman. He was previously CEO for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Early this year, former Ogilvy & Mather North America chairman John Seifert, to whom Smith reports, ascended to the top position in the global agency network, taking over from Miles Young.

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