Ogilvy PR Worldwide has promoted Brussels vice-president Rob
Shimmin to become global director of the company’s corporate
Shimmin, whose career with the company spans six years, will be the
first Ogilvy global director to be based outside the US, taking up his
position in the London office.
He will report direct to Bob Seltzer, chairman and CEO of Ogilvy,
looking after clients such as BP Amoco and Pfizer.
According to Shimmin, the move to appoint a UK-based global director is
part of a strategy to strengthen corporate expertise outside of the
His brief will also be to promote growth in the company, mainly by
recruiting new PR staff.
’We will be starting a huge search for staff and could well be taking on
hundreds of people across the world in the next couple of years,’ he
said. ’The only barrier to growth at the moment is finding great
Replacing Shimmin as managing director of Ogilvy PR in Brussels is Peter
Verhille. He joined the agency in April as head of the Brussels public