OgilvyOne London Names New Chief Executive, Managing Director

OgilvyOne London has announced the promotion of its MD Annette King to chief executive, and Sam Williams-Thomas (the agency’s deputy managing director) to MD, with immediate effect.

Annette has worked at OgilvyOne London for the past eight years, enjoying a rapid rise through the ranks. She began her Ogilvy life with a four-year stint running the Amex 360 EMEA business. In 2005 she was promoted to Client Service Director, with primary responsibility for new business. Among her achievements were helping to bring into the OgilvyOne fold Mothercare, HBOS and First Great Western – in the space of just one year.

Shortly after this she ran the agency’s burgeoning digital arm, Ogilvy Interactive, and her record in new business and client services were rewarded in November 2006 with a promotion to Deputy MD. In 2007 she led the team which won that year’s biggest DM pitch, for British Gas, following it up not long after with British Airways’ global DM and loyalty business. She was appointed Managing Director at the beginning of 2008. Prior to her arrival at Ogilvy, King worked for eight years at Wunderman, mostly in New York. She lives in West London with her husband and two young children.

Sam Williams-Thomas is another long-standing OgilvyOne London leader, joining what was then known as O&M Direct as a Graduate Trainee in 1989. In his first two years he worked on a huge number of brands including BT, Help the Aged , Rank Xerox, Spillers Pet Foods. and Ponds. In 1991 he moved to OgilvyOne New York, developing DM campaigns for Kraft General Foods. A five-year stint at Craik Jones followed, before Sam returned to the Ogilvy fold in 1999. Since then he has worked on many of the agency’s most important accounts past and present, including BT and TV Licensing. After a couple of years as client services director, he was promoted to deputy managing director and head of new business in 2008. Williams-Thomas lives in South London with his wife and daughters.

Paul O’Donnell, chairman, EAME of OgilvyOne Worldwide commented: “It’s always a pleasure to be able to reward talent and loyalty and the promotions of Annette and Sam are an acknowledgement of their excellent records in the fields of new business and account management. They’ll make a great team as they complement each other perfectly; they also understand the agency, its culture and the client base intimately. Both are true ‘internationalists’ who have made a significant impact in the UK marketplace.

“The transition has been very smooth and it is very much ‘business as usual’ for both our clients and our staff and everyone is looking forward to what we feel will be an exciting new era here at OgilvyOne London.”

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