Love Replaces Keller at Ogilvy PR

ATLANTA Bari Love has joined WPP Group’s Ogilvy Public Relations as managing director, the agency said.

Love succeeds Genna Keller, who has left the Atlanta company. She will oversee a staff of about a dozen employees, reporting to Paul Hicks, president of the Americas for OPR.

“Her deep knowledge of the Atlanta market, plus her experience in integrated marketing makes her a perfect fit for both Ogilvy PR and our Atlanta office,” said Marcia Silverman, chief executive officer at Ogilvy PR in New York and Washington, D.C.

Love leaves Maxxcom’s Fletcher Martin Ewing Advertising, also in Atlanta, where she established the agency’s $1.5 million public relations division. Over the last seven years at FME, her client portfolio included Sprint PCS, Washington Mutual Bank, Cellular South, Piccadilly Cafeterias and the Georgia Department of Human Resources. A search has begun for her replacement there.

Love began her career at Julie Davis Associates in Atlanta, where she directed client programs for Delta Air Lines, the Athlete’s Foot Group, Marriott Hotels and Resorts and Bausch & Lomb.

The move to Ogilvy is Love’s first job at a national agency. “Most people do this when they’re young and don’t have children,” she said. “But mine are in college and high school and it’s the right time for me to try something different.”