Ogilvy Goes Through Round of Layoffs Across U.S. Offices

By Erik Oster 

Ogilvy recently went through a round of layoffs across its U.S. offices.

An agency spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, which impacted less than 2% of employees across its U.S. offices, or around 30 people, but declined to comment further.

The layoffs do not appear to be linked to any recent client losses and Ogilvy actually picked up business recently when Mondelez consolidated the majority of its creative account with WPP and Publicis globally, with Ogilvy serving as lead agency network on the account for the former.


Sources close to the matter say the layoffs spanned multiple departments and impacted more people at its New York and Chicago offices, due to the relative size of those locations as Ogilvy’s largest offices in the U.S., than elsewhere across the network. Another source close to the matter claimed the layoffs had to do with spending changes and other shifts from existing clients.

Ogilvy restructured its New York and U.S. leadership teams back in May, promoting Lauren Crampsie to president of its recently-combined New York and New Jersey operations, while Lou Aversano stepped into a global chief client officer role and global CEO John Seifert took over Aversano’s former duties as U.S. CEO.

Ogilvy is not the only agency to go through a series of layoffs this August. Earlier this month, Publicis’ Team One cut around 3% of its full-time employees in its own round of layoffs.