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".