Christopher Graves, President and Regional CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations Asia Pacific, has been appointed global CEO of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader, succeeding Marcia Silverman who has led the company for seven years. Marcia will become Chair of Ogilvy PR. Both appointments become effective January 1, 2010.
An official communiqué said, “Since joining Ogilvy PR in 2005, Christopher Graves, has roughly doubled the agency’s size in Asia Pacific, growing the network into the industry leader in the world’s fastest-growing region by any measure, from size, to client roster, to specialist offerings, to awards and accolades.”
Making the announcement, Ogilvy & Mather CEO Miles Young, said, “Marcia has done an outstanding job of securing Ogilvy PR’s reputation as a premier, integrated communications agency built on strong client service. She has earned extraordinary affection inside and outside the business. Marcia has gathered together a strong and harmonious global management team, and driven new innovations in the critical social media space. She will be an exceedingly hard act to follow and are delighted that she will become Chair of Ogilvy PR to further develop client relationships and shape the agency’s global strategy.”
Regarding Graves, Young added, “In Chris, we have a successor who will take the work forward with flair and elan. He is driven by clients and content, and is an embodiment of the pervasive creativity and outward focus which will push Ogilvy PR forward in its resolve to become the best public relations network. He is truly a citizen of the world; he knows all the issues, and relishes being at the leading most edge, articulating and influencing them. We are incredibly fortunate to have both Marcia and Chris at the helm of Ogilvy PR.”
Commenting on her successor, Silverman stated, "Chris has an exceptional track record of building business and providing superior client service. I’m certain he will bring the same focus on quality and success to our global organisation."
The Ogilvy PR and Ogilvy & Mather senior leadership will work to secure a successor to the Asia Pacific regional CEO position of Ogilvy PR between now and the end of 2009.
Graves joined Ogilvy PR in 2005 after 23 years in business news, most recently with Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal. Chris was one of the founders of Wall Street Journal Television, managing editor of Asia Business News, vice president of news and programming for CNBC Asia, vice president of news and programming for CNBC Europe, managing director of business development (EMEA & Asia) for Dow Jones Consumer Electronic.