Ogilvy PR’s Far East CEO Christopher Graves upgraded to global CEO of the large WPP agency, according to a press release today. Graves is characterized within by Ogilvy & Mather’s CEO Miles Young as a man who will “take the work forward with flair and elan” and as a citizen of the world.
Graves, 50, succeeds Marcia Silverman who moves over to the title of Chair. The move is presumably part of Ogilvy’s expanded board‘s move to younger leadership.
What’s interesting about Mr. Graves, is that his accent in PR may be the highest example of “Hack turned Flack” available. His 23 of experience in business news ending with his joining Ogilvy in 2005 spans many divisions of Dow Jones, and CNBC, including the co-founding Wall Street Journal Television, as 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 Publishing (WSJ.com) and as managing director of Far Eastern Economic Review. In a good-natured quote give to the Wall Street Journal, he admits to being evil to PR people during his tenure in the media.
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