40 Under 40 2017: John Jowers

SVP, OgilvyEarth, Ogilvy, 39

Since 2015, John Jowers’ sustainability expertise and strategic thinking have positioned him as a highly respected and effective leader at Ogilvy, extending the reach of Ogilvy’s sustainability communications practice to clients across the U.S. and the globe. Under his leadership, OgilvyEarth has become an integrated consultancy within the global Ogilvy network.

In early 2017, Jowers assumed a larger leadership role for OgilvyEarth, and he has already recast the team into a sought-after strategic advisory and consulting service for Ogilvy’s top clients around the globe. He has helped clients shift their CSR narrative from "checking off the box" to a compelling story built on brand purpose, ultimately helping them demystify sustainability to make it brand and audience relevant.

In the words of a senior client, "John worked from the initial new client onboarding sessions to establish a collaborative relationship that helped us drive the business and communications results we need, while establishing Ogilvy as a true extension of our sustainability team. With shared goals and mutual accountability for success, John built an account team to deliver the skill sets when and where we needed them."

A true cultural leader, Jowers brings out the best in those around him, consistently challenging his colleagues to raise the bar, and providing the coaching and mentorship to help his team grow personally and professionally.

He is the cofounder of Ogilvy REDTalks, an internal staff development program aimed at helping all Ogilvy employees share ideas, present their passions, and build closer teams through collaboration.

  • Jowers started his career as a high school teacher in the United Kingdom.
  • He served as a comms pro for a series of nonprofit organizations, including the Hands On Network, Points of Light Foundation, Special Olympics, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
  • Jowers led an internal initiative at Cone Communications to inform his colleagues of multicultural marketing trends, helping build the business case for multicultural marketing RFP pursuits.

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