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Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Graves’

Q&A on PR Council Rebranding: ‘Industry Needs a Differentiator’

Last week, the former Council of PR Firms announced a change: going forward, it would be known as The PR Council, with recently-promoted Chairman Christopher Graves of Ogilvy as its new chair. Here’s the quick video used to introduce the repositioning last week:

While Jack O’Dwyer was unimpressed with the Council’s refusal to drop the word “PR” from its name, Stuart Elliott of The New York Times and others covered the news — and today we spoke to Matt Shaw, SVP and Director of Communications for the Council, to get a more intimate take on what the change means for the larger industry.

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Ogilvy Promotes Chairman Christopher Graves, CEO Stuart Smith

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This morning Ogilvy PR announced the promotion of two key agency veterans: Christopher Graves and Stuart Smith.

Graves, who had been the firm’s global CEO since 2009, will now hold the newly- created title of Chairman; Smith, who served as CEO of Ogilvy worldwide in London, will assume Graves’ former role.

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Ogilvy PR CEO Graves: PR Can Play a Role in Framing U.S.-China Issues

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Ogilvy PR‘s China practice has partnered with the Center on U.S-China Relations at the Asia Society, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and The Monitor Group to present and promote a new study “An American Open Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment.” The report takes a look at the opportunities that could be missed if relations between the U.S. and China don’t thaw.

“We estimate that Chinese firms will place some $1 trillion to $2 trillion in direct investments around the world over the coming decade,” the study’s authors Daniel Rosen and Thilo Hanemann say in a press release. But the frosty American response to Chinese interest and a lack of corporate governance in China could derail any prospects for doing business.

Christopher Graves, global CEO of Ogilvy PR, told us this is a “wonderful report for the communications industry in general and PR specifically.”

“It’s about how are you going to frame this issue,” he said.

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Cannes PR Lions Jury Announced

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the full jury that will be passing judgment on this year’s entrants for the PR Lions awards.

The organization had previously announced that Fleishman-Hillard president and CEO Dave Senay will lead the panel. Among those on the panel are Christopher Graves, global CEO of Ogilvy PR Worldwide and Renee Wilson, president of MSLGroup‘s northeast region. The full list of jury members is available after the jump. More info about the Cannes Lions available here. Submissions will be accepted through this Friday.

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Smith Appointed MD of Ogilvy Corporate Practice

Stuart Smith will join Ogilvy PR as MD of its global corporate practice on February 1, reporting to CEO Christopher Graves. Smith was most recently at Hill & Knowlton, where he served as head of the firm’s EMEA corporate practice for three years. He has also previously served as CEO of Edelman UK.

Smith will be responsible for further building Ogilvy’s corporate reputation and branding areas. At H&K, he managed the corporate practice’s IP, business development, client service, and innovation areas.

Samantha Allen Joins Ogilvy PR As MD of Global Consumer Marketing

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Samantha Allen has joined Ogilvy PR as Managing Director, Global Consumer Marketing Practice and will be relocating to New York.

Allen will report directly to Ogivly PR CEO Christopher Graves.

She founded and ran Pulse Communications — an agency in Ogilvy PR’s Australia network — with clients including LG Electronics, Tourism Australia, Fosters CUB, Rolls Royce, Ford and Unilever.

Allen replaces Barby Siegel, who left Ogilvy PR in October 2009 to become CEO of Zeno Group.

Ogilvy PR Names New Asia Pacific CEO; Senior Promotions

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Ogilvy PR’s Steve Dahllof has been promoted to Regional CEO of Asia Pacific. He previously served as Managing Director of Ogilvy PR’s Global Strategy+Planning Group. Dahllof succeeds Christopher Graves, who was named Global CEO.

In addition, Scott Kronick, currently President of Ogilvy PR/China, will now oversee North Asia. Andrew Thomas, currently Managing Director in Singapore will oversee Southeast Asia. John Studdert of Ogilvy PR/Australia will oversee five Ogilvy PR majority-owned agencies there as well as the two firms in which Ogilvy has a minority stake.

“Ogilvy PR is nearly twice as big as it was five years ago in Asia Pacific,” said Graves. All changes are effective January 1st.