NEW YORK: Margie Fox, US creative director and MD of Ogilvy Public Relations’ US consumer marketing practice, will leave the agency on May 23.
Her exit comes shortly after the departure of Brian Maloney, who also served as MD of the consumer marketing practice.
Robert Mathias, CEO of North America at Ogilvy PR, said he and Mitch Markson, president of the firm’s global consumer marketing practice and chief creative officer for purpose branding, are close to announcing "a very strong solution" for the practice in the US. He declined to offer further detail because the plans are still being finalized.
Despite losing both Maloney and Fox, Mathias said the agency’s brand marketing team is "as strong as ever," especially under Markson’s leadership.
He added that Maloney and Fox both chose to leave of their own accord and there is "no animosity" between them and the firm.
Maloney and Fox, who previously founded and ran their own eponymous agency, joined Ogilvy in early 2013. The Maloney & Fox firm was folded into parent agency Waggener Edstrom following the co-CEOs’ leap to Ogilvy.
In an internal memo obtained by PRWeek, Mathias said Fox is planning on putting her creativity to use "as a chief creative officer at a boutique PR firm," but the name of the agency was not disclosed.
Fox said she is "wildly excited" about the new role she is taking, but declined to offer further detail on her next venture.
Prior to launching her firm with Maloney in 1997, Fox served as PR director for the New York City chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for a year, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Before that, she spent two years at Ogilvy, serving as an account executive. Maloney also previously worked at Ogilvy.