Ogilvy names Wilson EVP, Chicago corporate director

CHICAGO: Ogilvy Public Relations has hired Weber Shandwick SVP Heather Wilson to serve as EVP and director of its Chicago corporate group.

CHICAGO: Ogilvy Public Relations has hired Weber Shandwick SVP Heather Wilson to serve as EVP and director of the firm's Chicago corporate group.

Wilson joined Ogilvy on September 17. She most recently served as SVP and head of corporate issues and digital crisis management on the West Coast at Weber for six years. Reporting to Ogilvy MD Nathan Friedman, Wilson will manage a team of 25 to 30 staffers in the Chicago office. She is succeeding Suzanne O'Leary Lopez, who was in the role for about two years.

In addition to managing the corporate team, Wilson will work with the agency on developing strategies, implementing programs for clients, and spearheading business development projects in the Chicago market. She will also work with Ogilvy on problem-solving initiatives for multinational corporations, using her expertise in brand positioning, financial communications, media strategy, government relations, crisis management, and litigation support. 

Wilson said one of her main objectives is “helping to grow the office, in particular the corporate group.”

“Right now we have a lot of tech and education, and that's a great place to be in,” she explained. “My goal is to help grow that and work with Nathan and the team.” 

Wilson added that she is also “looking forward” to incorporating her knowledge of corporate issues and digital crisis into her work at Ogilvy. 

Before working at Weber in Los Angeles, Wilson served as communications manager for law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro (now called Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell) from June 2005 to May 2006. She was also a journalist at CBS MarketWatch from May 2003 to June 2005, covering financial and political news. 

Earlier this month, Ogilvy hired Edelman EVP and consumer practice group head Susan Peters as EVP of its consumer marketing practice in Chicago.

In August, the firm was named lead PR agency for Darden Restaurants' Specialty Restaurant Group, which includes The Capital Grille, and North American PR agency partner for Tourism Fiji

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