Chris Graves: Power List 2011

Global CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Broadcasting veteran Chris Graves cuts a smooth and suave figure on his newly adopted PR stage, having crossed over in 2005 to take on the role of president and CEO of Ogilvy PR in the Asia-Pacific region before assuming the helm of the WPP agency's worldwide operations from veteran PR pro Marcia Silverman, one of the most respected figures in the industry, at the start of 2010.

His challenge then was to bring the rest of the network up to the excellent levels it continues to demonstrate in Asia, and it's fair to say this is still a work in progress.

However, with the axis of power in the marketing and communications industries steadily turning eastward, Graves has the knowledge and experience to exploit this opportunity fully in the coming years. He will certainly be counting on Ogilvy's US operations to up its game to similar levels in order to keep holding company boss Martin Sorrell happy.


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