Worldwide Chairman & Co-CEO H&O
I am the Worldwide Chairman and CEO of H&O. I originally joined Ogilvy way back in 1996. In more recent times, I had a few years away, when I set up and ran Blue Hive, the WPP Agency created to look after Ford Motor Company. It is great to be back at Ogilvy and leading H&O, our joint venture with Hogarth Worldwide, a fellow WPP company specializing in production.
H&O is unlike any other agency production operation in the world. The capabilities of the new operation allow us to realize creative ideas using in-house teams working to the very highest quality across all media. Whether it is complex CGI, high-end post-production, fast turnaround online content, global integrated campaigns or simple local production – H&O has the talent, tools and infrastructure to bring creative work to the market. Leading this business – and the amazing people who work within it – is both inspiring and humbling.
Over the many years I have been part of Ogilvy, I have been fortunate enough to experience many highlights. Probably the most memorable, however, was being part of the team that won back the European account for Ford. Quite a coup, which demonstrated the power of marrying great ideas with flawless delivery.
My favorite David Ogilvy quote is, “In the best establishments, promises are always kept, whatever it may cost in agony and overtime”, as it absolutely summaries the H&O mentality.