Ogilvy Lays Off 80 People Across U.S., Including CCO Leslie Sims

Global CEO John Seifert pinned layoffs on 'volatility' in client portfolio

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Ogilvy’s U.S. chief creative officer Leslie Sims has been let go as part of a round of layoffs that affected roughly 80 employees at the WPP agency.

In an email to staffers obtained by Adweek, worldwide CEO John Seifert said the staff reduction impacted nine offices, equating to 3.7% of the agency’s total workforce in the U.S.

“This reduction is in response to a challenging second half in 2019 and a cautious financial outlook for full-year 2020,” Seifert wrote in the memo.



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