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Ogilvy PR Appoints More Senior Digital Talent

London, UK - January 17, 2012 - Ogilvy Public Relations/London has appointed James Whatley as Senior Associate Director, 360° Digital Influence. Reporting to Michael Darragh, James brings seven years experience developing integrated marketing communications campaigns.

James joins from 1000heads where he played an integral part on global award-winning campaigns such as Nokia / Tron: Legacy, the Foursquare-enabled gift machine and, most recently, The Dark Knight Rises limited edition Lumia. Outside of his work with Nokia, James has also worked on projects with Heineken, MARS, P&G and YouthNet.

James’ career highlights and awards include winning best viral campaign (SoMeComms), best use of existing social media channels (Digital Impact Awards) and best viral (Cream London) for Nokia/Tron Legacy.

Michael Darragh, Head of Digital, London, said,“James joins Ogilvy PR at a time of increased demand for social counsel from corporate brands. Our digital practice is growing rapidly and James’ expertise in enterprise social media strategy, wholly integrated marketing communications programmes, and mobile, adds another string to Ogilvy PR’s bow.”

In his new role, James will lead social business and B2B communications strategy for global clients.

About his appointment, James Whatley said,“I am very, very excited about joining a fantastic team who are not only going through a period of meteoric growth, but also have the ambition to match.”

James’s appointment is effective immediately and follows recent senior digital hires at Ogilvy PR including Eb Adeyeri (LEWIS PR), Michael Cooper (Wolfstar PR) and Kristin Parrish (Ogilvy PR/Atlanta). Ogilvy PR’s global 360° Digital Influence group was named “Most Outstanding Digital/Social Consultancy” at The Holmes Report’s 2011 Global SABRE Awards.

James is:
•Alumni at The Marketing Academy (Marketing Hall of Legends UK)
•Co-Founder, Writer and Presenter at The Really Mobile Project
•A keen mobile industry commentator and analyst
•Founder at Mobile Geeks of London
•Advisor to a number of start-ups

About Ogilvy Public Relations
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.

For further information please contact:
Eleni Kanellas
Marketing Coordinator
020 7309 1287
eleni.kanellas@uk.ogilvypr.com

Michael Darragh
Head of Digital
077 7527 3953
michael.darragh@uk.ogilvypr.com