Annette King has been promoted to CEO, Ogilvy & Mather UK, WPP reports. She will succeed Paul O’Donnell, who has been promoted to CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME), with both filling their new roles immediately. King will continue to report to O’Donnell, who retains his role as chairman of Ogilvy & Mather UK; she will also continue leading OgilvyOne in the EAME region.
King has risen rapidly through the ranks of OgilvyOne since joining the agency in August of 2000. She was promoted to managing director of OgilvyOne UK in 2008, and was made chief executive officer just nine months later. Under her tenure as CEO, OgilvyOne UK grew by 30 percent, and King was promoted to CEO, OgilvyOne EAME and awarded a position on the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board.
“I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to run Ogilvy & Mather UK. I can’t wait to start working with the teams across the Group to take the business forward, building on the enormous growth of the last five years,” said King.
“It’s a fantastic time to be moving in to this regional role, as Europe shows early signs of a resurgence and we complete our network in Africa and the Middle East. I have promoted Annette five times in her 14 years at the agency because it works. Her track record in all her previous roles speaks for itself and I’m looking forward to her broader contribution to our business in the UK,” added O’Donnell.