NEW YORK: Ogilvy’s hunt for a new European president came to a close last week with the hiring of Nick May, formerly Edelman’s global director of healthcare.
NEW YORK: Ogilvy’s hunt for a new European president came to a
close last week with the hiring of Nick May, formerly Edelman’s global
director of healthcare.
May, a 26-year veteran of the profession, replaces Paul Philpotts, who
left the agency on January 21 to become a partner at financial PR agency
Square Mile Communications.
’Paul’s departure left a gap that we’ve not only managed to fill, but to
do better, to bring the kind of experience level to make Europe come
together,’ said Ogilvy president and CEO Bob Seltzer.
May steps into the new position in early April, and will become part of
the firm’s executive committee. He will be based out of the firm’s
London office and report directly to Seltzer.
According to Seltzer, May sold the agency on his managerial experience,
honed during stints at Edelman and Burson-Marsteller. ’Nick ran a very
successful pan-European and global product,’ Seltzer explained. ’In this
position, we need someone with a strong understanding of how to execute
May has been charged with helping Ogilvy attract employees and establish
a stronger European network, particularly in Germany. Additionally, he
is responsible for adding practice specialties such as hi-tech and
healthcare to offices that do not have those capabilities.
While at Edelman, May built the agency’s healthcare practice - one of
the firm’s largest - and managed accounts for Merck, Pharmacia & Upjohn
and Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Edelman in 1998, he worked at
Burson for seven years, serving as the firm’s European director of
healthcare from 1996 to 1998.