NEW YORK: Ogilvy ended its search for a leader in New York last week by promoting Paul Hicks, formerly global director of its corporate practice, to head up the firm's NY outpost.
Hicks, who triumphed over a field of more than 20 internal and external candidates, fills a vacancy created by the departure of Nancy Reuth, who left the agency after seven years (PRWeek, May 8).
'We needed someone like Paul not to remake the New York office, but to make it better,' said Ogilvy chairman and CEO Bob Seltzer.
Hicks said one of his main goals is to gain 'greater visibility' for Ogilvy's individual practices: 'The truth is that our reputation lags behind the reality of where we are now.'
Hicks will report to Americas president Marcia Silverman. Rob Shimmin has been tapped to replace him as global director of the corporate practice.