Ogilvy PR New York Adds Senior Healthcare and Social Media Specialists to its Ranks

NEW YORK, NY, May 10, 2011 — Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR), an integrated global communications firm, welcomes Ann Hemingway as Senior Vice President to the New York Healthcare team and Bob Blount as Senior Vice President to its 360° Digital Influence group, with a focus on healthcare.

Prior to joining Ogilvy, Hemingway was an Executive Vice President and Director of Account Management Excellence at Euro RSCG Worldwide PR. In addition to her director role, Hemingway was responsible for the senior leadership on b2b, brand and consumer health business.

“Ann’s experience working as part of a global, integrated team of communicators complements Ogilvy’s hands-on approach to business,” said Shannon Walsh, Executive Vice President/Group Head of New York’s Healthcare Practice. “Her superior client service and account management expertise adds to our existing bench of senior counselors who deliver highly creative 360-degree programs that deliver real-business results for our clients.” Hemingway will report to Walsh.

With more than 12 years of experience in PR communications, Hemingway’s agency tenure also includes Edelman, Manning Selvage & Lee and TSI Communications. She received a BS in Communication from the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Formally the Director, Social Analytics & Insights at WCG, Blount joins Ogilvy PR to focus on healthcare and technology clients. With 20 years of experience in communications, Blount has worked across industries on both agency and client side. 

Blount’s previous professional experience includes 14+ years with Dell, across various brand and corporate communications roles.  In addition to Dell, Blount was a consultant with several international clients focused on technology and vendor relations. Blount also held the position as Manager of Sales Automation of ITT Sheraton hotels. In addition to Blount’s extensive technology experience, he has worked on various healthcare brands including Genomic Health, Seattle Genetics, Pfizer Lipitor, Chantix, Spiriva and various other Pfizer Primary Care brands.

Blount will report to Gemma Craven, Senior Vice President of New York’s 360° Digital Influence group, who said, “A digital specialist in healthcare and technology, Bob brings a well-rounded, cross-discipline approach to our rapidly growing social media team. His experience with internal communications, as well as brand awareness will be extremely valued by our clients.”

Blount has won numerous awards including a Circle of Excellence award for brand management, and has previously served as a board member for the Neighborhood Longhorn Program, Austin Music Theater Group, and was on the Technology Advisory Board for St. Theresa’s School. 

About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) is a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader operating in more than 80 markets. Named Large Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report and PRNews, Ogilvy PR blends proven PR methodologies with cutting edge digital innovations to craft strategic programs that give clients winning and measurable results. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in business, Ogilvy PR provides strategic public relations counsel to a variety of clients across its social marketing, public affairs, healthcare, consumer marketing, 360-degree digital influence, corporate, and technology practices. Through its subsidiary, Feinstein Kean Healthcare, the agency also offers additional experience in the cancer field, as well as specialized expertise in molecular medicine, advanced biomedical research, leading life science and healthcare technologies and treatments. Ogilvy PR is part of the WPP plc, one of the world's largest communications services organizations (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com). For more information, visit our Web site at www.ogilvypr.com.

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Date: May 10, 2011
Office: New York