CHICAGO, October 14, 2009 – Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) today announced the promotion of Nathan Friedman to managing director of its Chicago office effective January 1, 2010. Friedman will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Chicago office, including client service, financial oversight and personnel development. Chicago’s current office director, Mike Hatcliffe, will return to his original role as head of the agency’s U.S. Corporate Practice, directing strategies for corporate clients across the Ogilvy PR network, which he has undertaken since October 2005.
“Our Chicago office has enhanced its capabilities and cadre of clients over the years and Nathan has been a tremendous factor in our success,” said Marcia Silverman, global CEO of Ogilvy PR. “This move strengthens our leadership team and perfectly positions our business in Chicago for its next phase of development.”
Friedman joined Ogilvy PR in 1999 and has been instrumental in growing and leading business as well as solidifying the agency’s reputation as one of the most respected communications firms in Chicago. He has held several positions in multiple practice areas, most recently serving as SVP, Group Director of the Chicago office’s Corporate Practice. Friedman has worked with a variety of clients including, Hudson, Deloitte, CDW and LG Electronics. A search for a new Chicago group director is now underway.
Mike Hatcliffe, the current managing director of the Chicago office, will return to his original role as head of the agency’s U.S. Corporate Practice, directing strategies for corporate clients across the Ogilvy PR network.
“Our Corporate Practice has seen robust growth over the past year and fully dedicating Mike is the natural direction in order to further strengthen our operations,” added Paul Hicks, regional CEO, The Americas of Ogilvy PR. “These leadership changes, along with the recent addition of Chicago-based consumer marketing talent and a strong digital offering, positions the office for growth in 2010 and beyond.”
Hatcliffe has more than 20 years experience in public relations, working for major corporations in the U.S. and Europe. His expertise lies particularly in promoting and protecting corporate reputation and issues and crisis management. He has counseled several of Ogilvy PR’s clients on thought leadership and issues management.
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