Chicago, IL, September 25, 2012 – Ogilvy Public Relations (Ogilvy PR), an integrated global communications firm, has appointed Heather Wilson executive vice president and director of the agency’s Chicago Corporate Group. Wilson joins Ogilvy PR on September 17 and will report to Managing Director Nathan Friedman.
With more than 18 years of corporate affairs experience, Wilson will apply her background in brand positioning, financial communication, litigation support, crisis management, government relations and media strategy to solving complex issues facing multinational corporations and crafting integrated campaigns that deliver business results. Focused on the Chicago market, she will be directly involved in shaping strategy and executing programs for clients as well as overseeing management of the corporate group and leading business development initiatives.
“Our corporate practice is a strong multi-dimensional team that works across multiple categories, verticals and geographies,” noted Friedman. “Heather’s background in media and law combined with her social crisis acumen and corporate affairs expertise is a perfect match to lead this growing team.”
Wilson spent the past six years at Weber Shandwick where she ran the West Coast corporate and crisis management practice based out of Los Angeles. She was also the global lead for the agency’s digital crisis management and brand defense team. During her tenure at Weber Shandwick, Wilson crafted strategic communications programs, developed corporate and executive positioning as well as counseled executives through financial situations, labor issues, crisis and high-profile litigation situations. She was also one of the agency’s key media trainers. She has experience across the food & beverage, consumer products, technology and airline sectors.
Before embarking on her agency career, she was a financial journalist, most recently with Dow Jones MarketWatch.
“I am excited to be joining such a talented group of communications professionals and look forward to working with the Corporate team to help build upon the office’s incredible momentum and deepening its already strong expertise in corporate reputation and digital issues,” said Wilson.
Wilson received her master’s of arts in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and her bachelor of arts in political science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Ogilvy Public Relations (Ogilvy PR) is a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader operating in more than 80 offices across six continents. In 2011, Ogilvy won more Cannes PR Lions than any other agency worldwide, was named Global Digital/Social Consultancy of the Year by the Holmes Report, won Specialist Agency of the Year in Asia Pacific (Campaign Asia), and won the WPP global, top award (WPPed Cream, Crème de la Crème) for the fourth time in five years. Ogilvy PR integrates deeply with all Ogilvy & Mather disciplines (advertising, direct marketing, activation, promotional, digital and entertainment) through the proprietary Ogilvy Fusion™ approach to delivering comprehensive, business solutions through content creation, community building, and communications with measurable results. 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.