Drew Maloney(pictured), the president of Ogilvy Government Relations, is leaving the company. Chris Giblin, a GOP lobbyist, will take the top spot.
Maloney is going to serve as the external affairs advisor for the Republican National Committee. Two other senior members of the company — SVPs John O’Neill and Elena Thompkins — are making their departures as well. O’Neill is joining Capitol Counsel, another government relations firm, and Thompkins is launching her own firm, Thompkins Strategies, which will open its doors on July 1.
Of course, there’s speculation that the changes are in some way, shape, or form related to the recent loss of the Chevron client over a perceived conflict of interest related to ongoing legal issues in Ecuador. As for Ogilvy, the firm simply says that it’s “moving forward” with a commitment to its clients and other staff members.
The firm has 11 lobbyists and earned $19.9 million in fees last year.