Ogilvy Public Relations Promotes Mathias and Friedman into New Roles Heading up North America and the West Respectively

 Ogilvy Public Relations Promotes Mathias and Friedman into New Roles Heading
                  up North America and the West Respectively

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ogilvy Public Relations, an
integrated, global communications firm, today announced key executive changes
designed to strengthen and position the U.S. operation for continued growth.

Robert Mathias has been promoted to Regional CEO North America effective
immediately, reporting to Ogilvy PR Global CEO Christopher Graves and Ogilvy &
Mather Chairman and CEO of North America, John Seifert. Mathias currently
serves as President of Ogilvy Washington, the largest single office in the
Ogilvy PR network and will continue to lead in a dual role.

"In so many ways, Ogilvy Washington has become a best practice for us
worldwide—from being a top performer in client service and business growth, to
a top achiever in staff education and development," said Graves. "That's a
real testament to Rob's leadership. Now we want him to connect all of our U.S.
offices at that high level of competence."

In his new role, Mathias will work across all North American offices and
practices to further the firm's development and ensure excellence in the areas
of client service, talent management and business performance. He will work to
increasingly unite all North American operations so that clients will benefit
from the totality of Ogilvy PR's offerings. Additionally, Mathias will
collaborate with his senior counterparts at Ogilvy & Mather to optimize the
assets of the integrated firm in the region.

"We know Rob is just the right person to bring sound judgment, strategy and
clarity to what can be a complex environment," added John Seifert, Ogilvy &
Mather Chairman and CEO of North America. "Leadership at Ogilvy requires high
levels of collaboration among Ogilvy & Mather's expert disciplines in
fast-changing landscapes. Rob has that proven ability."

Mathias first joined Ogilvy PR in 1988 and headed up the San Francisco office
before assuming leadership of the Washington office. During a public service
hiatus from Ogilvy, Mathias worked in President George H.W. Bush's (41)
administration as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Energy and,
subsequently, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of
Energy.

In addition, Nathan Friedman, currently Managing Director of the Ogilvy PR
Chicago office, is elevated to the role of Regional Managing Director, Ogilvy
PR West. This is an expansion of his responsibilities that will now include
overseeing the agency's operations in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles
and Denver. He will temporarily oversee the Chicago operation until a
replacement is announced.

"Nathan has more than doubled the size of our Chicago office in just a few
years, in no small part due to his ability to hire, work with and lead a team
of giants. He is hugely valued in his client counsel and is driven to foster a
positive culture. These are hallmarks of a true Ogilvy leader," said Graves.

Friedman will be responsible for all financial, personnel and client
responsibilities for the four offices. Beyond his office head duties in
Chicago, Friedman has served as a client leader on some of the agency's most
significant global accounts such as LG Electronics, earning the deep respect,
trust and admiration of clients at the highest levels.

Friedman joined Ogilvy PR in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director of the
Chicago office in 2009. He was recently named to PRWeek's "40 Under 40" list.

Friedman will replace Michael Law, a 22-year veteran of Ogilvy PR who will
transition into a new role at WPP-owned agency Burson-Marsteller. Law worked
in the Ogilvy Washington office for a decade before serving as Ogilvy PR
President of Southeast Asia for four years. He took the helm at Ogilvy West in
2004.

"We will very much miss Michael," said Graves. "He is a man of vision and
decency who gave us 22 wonderful years of his career. We will still be working
closely with Michael through joint WPP accounts and I'm grateful for that. Few
may know that Michael is an avid mountain climber. He's seeking his next
summit and we wish him all the very best."

About Ogilvy Public Relations
Ogilvy Public Relations (Ogilvy PR) is a global, multi-disciplinary
communications leader operating in more than 80 offices across six continents.
In the past few years, Ogilvy won more Cannes PR Lions than any other agency
worldwide, was named Global Digital/Social Consultancy of the Year by the
Holmes Report, was named Public Affairs Agency of the Year by the Homes
Report, won Specialist Agency of the Year in Asia Pacific (Campaign Asia), and
won the WPP global, top award (WPPed Cream, Creme de la Creme) for the fifth
time in six years. Ogilvy PR integrates deeply with all Ogilvy & Mather
disciplines (advertising, direct marketing, activation, digital and
entertainment) through the proprietary Ogilvy Fusion™ approach to delivering
comprehensive, business solutions through content creation, community
building, and communications with measurable results. Ogilvy PR is a unit of
Ogilvy & Mather, a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest
communications services groups. For more information, visit our Web site
atwww.ogilvypr.comor follow us on Twitter at @ogilvypr.

SOURCE Ogilvy Public Relations

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Contact: Amy Driscoll, +1-212-884-4018, Amy.driscoll@ogilvy.com
 
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