Chicago, IL, March 10, 2011 — Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR), an integrated global communications firm, today announced an expansion of its Chicago Corporate Practice with the addition of two senior vice presidents. Michelle Press joins the group to lead B2B and corporate technology brands and Drew Ferguson to drive C-level communications and reputation risk initiatives.
“Drew and Michelle strengthen the depth of leadership in our growing corporate practice,” said Nathan Friedman, managing director of Ogilvy PR’s Chicago office. “Their expertise and background support the evolution of a flagship practice and matches the needs of our clients in the complex communications environment.”
Press joins Ogilvy PR with more than 20 years in the fields of marketing and communications. Previously she served as senior vice president at GolinHarris where she led programming and client relationships in the areas of B2B marketing, corporate reputation, crisis and issues management and corporate social responsibility. She led the development of executive and strategic visibility programs for a roster of blue-chip brands including Owens Corning, Underwriters Laboratories, The Dow Chemical Company and more.
Ferguson joins from Ketchum and brings nearly 15 years of public relations experience with deep understanding of issues management, financial communications, C-suite executive positioning and investor relations. He previously managed the day-to-day crisis and issues management for Thornburg Mortgage and developed and implemented communications strategies for a variety of clients including Nokia, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Mead Johnson Nutrition and United Airlines. Ferguson’s previous work experience also includes agency roles at Sard Verbinnen & Co., media relations at The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Adjunct Professor of fiction writing at Columbia College of Chicago. Ferguson is also a published novelist.
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