New York, NY – November 8, 2011 — Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR), an integrated global communications firm, today named Alan Kercinik as Executive Vice President in its Strategy+Planning (S+P) group, a cross-disciplinary team of the agency’s most senior practitioners that span the global network and consult with clients to elevate strategic excellence, creativity and campaign effectiveness.
“Ogilvy PR’s Strategy+ Planning team is a model for the future of our industry, which is going to be driven by convergence and divergence,” said Kercinik. “Communications and marketing channels continue to converge, which means agencies need to tap diverse expertise and experience to build engaging, creative campaigns. I was attracted to the model and the team’s ability to provide clients with high-level strategic thinking, creative excellence and integrated programs.”
Kercinik joins Ogilvy PR from Weber Shandwick, where he served as Executive Vice President and Director of Engagement, North America. In this position, he helped drive the firm’s creative direction and developed communication strategies and programs across a range of geographies and industries. Kercinik also oversaw the agency’s engagement with Mars Chocolate North America as the account’s Client Relationship Leader. He led the development and execution of multiple programs – including last year’s launch of M&M’S Pretzel – as well as helped build social/digital strategies across the company’s portfolio of brands.
Kercinik brings nearly 20 years experience to his new role with expertise in creative program development, client and account management and business development. He will advise Ogilvy PR clients on brand strategy, creating integrated marketing platforms, launching new products, rejuvenating existing brands and leveraging established equities in new ways. Kercinik will be based in Chicago and report to Dr. Jennifer Scott, S+P Global Managing Director.
“I am thrilled Alan has joined our team. Along with his creativity, dedication to client service and proven leadership, Alan’s extensive background in brand marketing – particularly in consumer lifestyle and food – will help continue to drive Ogilvy PR’s success. While based in the Midwest and working closely with Managing Director Nathan Friedman and Consumer EVP/Group Head, Liz Van Lenten, his presence will be felt worldwide as I’m sure he’ll quickly become an important asset to many of our largest clients,” said Dr. Scott.
Previously, Kercinik held senior level positions with PR 21 (now Zeno Group) and Frankel (now Arc Worldwide). His has helped build a number of iconic brands, including M&M’S, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, ACE Hardware, Target, Sharpie, KFC, Budweiser and Degree deodorant.
Kercinik has an active online presence, blogging about fatherhood at www.alwaysjacked.com and manhood at www.thirtymag.com. He received a BA in Advertising from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Kercinik just became a father for the second time and lives with his wife and two sons in Barrington, Illinois.
About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) is a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader operating in more than 80 markets. Named Large Agency of the Year by PRNews and 2011 Digital/Social Media Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report, Ogilvy PR blends proven PR methodologies with cutting edge digital innovations to craft strategic programs that give clients winning and measurable results. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in business, Ogilvy PR provides strategic public relations counsel to a variety of clients across its social marketing, public affairs, healthcare, consumer marketing, 360-degree digital influence, corporate, and technology practices. Through its subsidiary, Feinstein Kean Healthcare, the agency also offers specialized expertise in molecular medicine, advanced biomedical research, leading life science and healthcare technologies and treatments. Ogilvy PR is a unit of Ogilvy & Mather, a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups. For more information, visit our Web site at www.ogilvypr.com or follow us on Twitter at @ogilvypr.