Death of an Ogilvy Philippines Employee Sparks Renewed Debate Over Work-Life Balance at Agencies

Brand strategist purportedly worked overtime with pneumonia

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A young brand strategist with Ogilvy & Mather Philippines died last weekend after purportedly working overtime while suffering from pneumonia.

Mark David Dehesa spent less than a year with the PR division of Ogilvy’s Manila office. He’d previously worked in accounts with Publicis, JWT and BBDO. His death on Sunday has already stoked the debate about work-life balance at agencies and overwork, a particularly contentious topic in Asia.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the sudden passing of our colleague Mark Dehesa from complications leading to pneumonia on Sunday, Feb.

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