A Tribute to Peter Warren

When I joined Ogilvy & Mather in London in 1982, Peter Warren was the Chairman.  What a charming man he was.  A few minutes' acquaintanceship with him spoke so much for the values of Ogilvy.  Suave, funny, kind : a gentleman in the truest Ogilvy tradition.

He enjoyed the business viscerally, both in and out of the office.  I shall never forget his elation the morning we won the Guinness pitch : it was lunch for everyone - and a long, long lunch - at the White Tower after.  He led Ogilvy in London during one of its vintage periods.  The work was superb and the spirit ambitious.  The culture was positive : and much of it came from him.  He helped people be their best.  I often saw him defuse anger and stress, just by putting his arms on people's shoulders.  His favourite wine was Sancerre, and I can still see him with a glass in his hands.  I always think of him whenever I drink it.

Peter died on Monday, in Cornwall, England.

In the weeks before he died he said his goodbyes.  He wrote:

"I would like to thank you for the fun and friendship over the years - we've shared wonderful times."

They were wonderful times, and people like Peter made them wonderful.  "May he rest in peace, and light perpetual shine upon him".

Miles Young

Miles Young

Date: June 18, 2015