Phone: (+1) -212-237 7415
John is a 39-year veteran of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and he is a member of the company’s Worldwide Executive Committee and Board. John was appointed Chairman of all O&M operations in North America in 2009.
Previously, John was the Chairman of O&M’s Global Brand Community, where he oversaw a portfolio of 25 global clients representing nearly $1 billion in income across O&M’s multiple communications disciplines.
John has worked throughout the O&M’s worldwide network in client leadership and general management positions in Los Angeles, Chicago, Bangkok, Singapore, and New York. He dropped out of the University of Southern California after three years to join O&M Los Angeles as a summer intern in 1979. He was transferred to O&M Chicago in 1983 to run several divisions of the Sears retail business, including the launch of Sears Business Systems Centers, an early entry into the personal computer revolution.
In 1986, he began an international tour, joining O&M Thailand as General Manager / Director of Client Service. In 1988, John was promoted to Country Manager of O&M Singapore, the region’s most recognized creative agency, where he was responsible for O&M’s advertising, direct marketing, public relations, and sales promotion businesses. While in Asia, he led a wide array of global, regional, and local clients across many business sectors, including packaged goods, retail, luxury, industrial, financial services, IT, travel, and entertainment. In 1992, he moved to New York to lead the American Express account globally. Since 1999, John has led multidiscipline global brand teams, including BP (he led the development of the “Beyond Petroleum” corporate campaign), American Express, DuPont, Siemens, and many others.
John is a frequent lecturer at universities and business forums around the world on the subject of “new age” branding. He’s a passionate student of history, interior design, and neoclassical architecture.
John was appointed Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather North America in January 2009. He is a 30-year veteran of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, and a member of Ogilvy’s Executive Committee and Worldwide Board. Previously, John was the Chairman of Ogilvy’s Global Brand Community, where he oversaw a portfolio of 25 global clients representing nearly $1 billion in income across all of Ogilvy’s 360 Degree communications disciplines. John has worked throughout the Ogilvy worldwide network in client leadership and general management positions in Los Angeles, Chicago, Bangkok, Singapore, and New York. He dropped out of the University of Southern California after three years to join Ogilvy as an intern in 1979. His first accounts -- Universal Studios, Mattel Toys, and Mattel Electronics – hooked him on advertising for life. He joined Ogilvy Chicago in 1983 to run several divisions of the Sears retail business, including the launch of Sears Business Systems Centers, an early entry into the personal computer revolution. In 1986, he began an international tour, joining Ogilvy Thailand as General Manager/Director of Client Service. In 1988, John was promoted to Country Manager of Ogilvy Singapore (the region’s most recognized creative agency), responsible for Ogilvy’s integrated communications disciplines of advertising, direct marketing, public relations, and sales promotion. While in Asia, he led brand communications teams for a wide array of global, regional, and local clients in a variety of business sectors including packaged goods, retail, luxury, industrial, financial services, IT, travel and entertainment. In 1992, he moved to New York to lead Ogilvy’s American Express account globally. Since 1999, John has led multi-discipline global brand teams serving BP (John led the development of the “Beyond Petroleum” corporate campaign), DuPont, Siemens, and many others. John is a frequent lecturer at universities and business forums around the world on the subject of “new age” branding. He’s an avid golfer as well as a devoted student of history and neoclassical architecture. (He’s also a very proud father of two sons – both of whom managed to graduate from respected universities and enter the advertising business!)
Phone: (+1) -212-237 7557
Lou joined Ogilvy & Mather in 1994 as an Account Supervisor on IBM, after working at N.W. Ayer and Kirshenbaum & Bond.
His joining O&M on the IBM account was inspired by a long-standing love for technology coupled with a desire to be a part of a client and agency team that was going to make history by helping to revitalize the IBM brand. He moved to Paris in 1996 to help lead the IBM account across Europe. In 2000, he returned to New York to join the IBM worldwide leadership team and became President of the IBM business globally in 2007.
In the 20 years since he joined the team, Lou has been an active citizen of the IBM and O&M partnership and has implemented groundbreaking technological and creative innovations across the body of work. IBM's creative work has garnered scores of awards from the industry's top shows like Cannes and the Effies.
In 2011, Lou was asked to lead the O&M New York operation as Chief Operating Officer, while maintaining global leadership of the IBM business and also running the American Express account. In the past three years, Lou has focused on building strong discipline expertise that developed integrated communication solutions for clients such as IBM, Unilever, Coca-Cola, UPS, BP, and Time Warner Cable. In addition and under his leadership on American Express, O&M its the highest performance rating in over a decade. During his time as COO, the New York office has won significant new business assignments from clients such as Comcast Business, E*TRADE, and Tiffany & Co.
In 2014, Lou was named Chief Executive Officer of O&M New York, where he is responsible for the agency's business performance, creative strategy, operations, client relationships and talent management while continuing to grow the New York office, the largest geographic operating unit in the O&M worldwide network.
Prior to joining O&M, Lou had the opportunity to work for a variety of clients including AT&T, Procter & Gamble, and De Beers. While working on De Beers, Lou had the good fortune of meeting his wife, Anne Marie (a smart move while working on a diamond account!). Today, they live in New York with their three children.
Stuart Smith has over twenty years experience in communications. In that time he has held senior positions within consultancies and in-house and has worked across many industries and geographies in both the private and public sectors. His experience with media brands covers PR for CNBC Europe, The Economist conferences and the BBC (who he advised on digital and blogging strategies prior to their launch). He is also a keen follower of the changing face of the media and its business model and how this is influencing the art and science of marketing.
His experience of developing strategy spans a wide range of disciplines: change management programmes, acquisitions, disposals and rebranding; crisis management and issues preparedness; organisational effectiveness audits; communications and marketing; issues-led and public affairs campaigns; managing stakeholder relations across a range of NGOs; and the alignment of internal communications with brand repositioning programmes.
As CEO for Ogilvy PR in EAME, Stuart provides strategic leadership for clients across the region. He brings over twenty years experience in communications and has held senior positions within consultancies and in-house and has worked across many industries and geographies in both the private and public sectors.
Stuart holds a doctoral research degree from Oxford (Christ Church) in Environmental Chemistry (atmospheric pollution and global warming).
Phone: (+1) -212-237 6123
Appointed to her current position in 2012 from her previous post as CMO of North America, Lauren has helped oversee a dynamic revitalization of the O&M brand.
Under Lauren’s watch, O&M was named an Ad Age “Agency to Watch” in 2011, “Stand Out Agency” in 2012 and 2013, and “North America B-to-B Agency of the Year” in 2014. In 2013, Lauren launched the first-ever content partnership for an advertising agency with Fast Company and also oversaw the launch of the agency’s new intranet.
Lauren brings the resources of O&M’s global network and integrated communications capabilities to bear on prospects’ strategic marketing issues, as well as strengthening O&M’s internal and external marketing and communications initiatives. She was named CMO of O&M North America in 2010, a first for a woman in the company’s history. She was also named an Ad Age “Woman to Watch” in 2011, one of The Adweek 25, a list of the most influential Twitter voices. Most recently she was selected as an honoree for the 2013 DM News Marketing Hall of Femme.
A nine year O&M veteran, Lauren quickly rose through the Business Development ranks and became the youngest Partner, then Senior Partner, in the history of the agency. After three years, she was named Director of Business Development.
Throughout her time in Business Development, Lauren has led the acquisition of many clients on O&M’s client roster, including Motorola, British Airways, Time Warner Cable, UnitedHealthcare, Thomson Reuters, Stolichnaya Vodka, UPS, Citizens Bank, IKEA, Tabasco, Gap, Comcast, E*TRADE, and Tiffany & Co. She has also built the agency’s first “New Business Machine,” creating strategic communications, launching prospecting efforts and developing agency marketing and business development plans.
In addition to her already stated responsibilities, Lauren also oversees the Tiffany & Co. business for O&M.
Phone: (+1) -212-237 7905
Brian has a unique vantage point on how brands are built, how corporate cultures are created, and what happens as the world goes digital.
In the course of the past 25 years, Brian has worked hands-on with many of the world’s leading brands, including IBM, American Express, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Unilever, and Nestlé.
Brian began his career in brand management with Procter & Gamble Canada. He then joined Ogilvy & Mather and rose through the ranks to become President of its Canadian operations.
In 1997, Brian moved to New York and to the worldwide stage. His first assignment was to lead O&M’s flagship global account, IBM, through its dramatic repositioning as an e-business. He later founded and became the first Chairman of O&M’s Global Brand Community, representing the agency’s top 20 international clients, and was appointed to the Ogilvy Executive Committee in 2002.
Today, Brian leads OgilvyOne Worldwide, the customer engagement arm of Ogilvy & Mather. With more than 5,000 staff in 50 countries, OgilvyOne is at the forefront of the digital revolution. To see the latest thought leadership from OgilvyOne Worldwide, visit sellorelse.ogilvy.com, a blog dedicated to the evolution of sales and marketing, and follow @ogilvyone.
Several major innovations have come to life under Brian’s leadership, such as the launch of Neo@Ogilvy, the agency’s full-service, global digital media and search capability, and the creation of the global network of Ogilvy Digital Labs.
Brian is a frequent lecturer at distinguished institutions including Yale, Harvard, MIT Sloan School, Columbia, and McGill.
Born and raised in Montreal, Brian graduated from the McGill University Business School. He is married to Chris and has two daughters, Claire and Alison. He plays ice hockey every Sunday night and plays guitar and harmonica in a rock band—aptly named Plan B.
Phone: (+1) 212.237.5978
Adam joined Ogilvy in late 2012 in his current role, having returned from 12 years of living and working in London.
Adam started his career at Tatham Euro RSCG Chicago as an account executive trainee, working with a multitude of clients including Ameritech Telecommunications, Coors Brewing and P&G, learning the fundamentals of the business. He then joined Fallon Minneapolis in 1995 as an account supervisor and went on to become the global group account director in the Fallon London office. There, Adam directed development of United Airlines’ European campaign which subsequently won Gold, Silver, and Bronze Lions at Cannes as well as a Gold Euro Effie. He also led the European launch of Citibank’s now famous “Live Richly” campaign. In addition he ran the pitch for Sony Consumer Electronics across Europe and went on to lead the business after a successful pitch win.
In 2006, Adam joined AMV BBDO, the UK’s most creatively awarded agency (according to 2012 Gunn and Big Won rankings). Recognized for his proficiency in developing award-winning work for big international brands, Adam was promoted to international client service director in 2007 to oversee the global lead agency creative assignments for Johnson & Johnson, GE, PepsiCo, Dulux, Arla Foods and Birds Eye.
Adam was promoted in 2009 to managing partner to take a direct management role in AMV BBDO’s day-to-day operations. He was also responsible for helping AMV BBDO expand their digital capabilities, launching AMV Pulse, the social media offering, and AMV Analytics, the digital analytics offering. Both businesses drove double-digit growth in digital revenue. As a career highlight, Adam took the stage with his team in Cannes to accept the 2011 Inaugural Cannes Grand Prix for Creative Effectiveness for the “Walkers Sandwich” campaign.