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Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Announces Addition to its 360° Digital Influence Group

Irfan Kamal Brings Extensive Strategy Experience Including work for Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com

Washington, D.C., August 5, 2008 – Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR), an integrated global communications firm, announced today that Irfan A. Kamal has joined the agency as vice president of digital influence strategy for its 360° Digital Influence team. With more than 20 years of strategy, finance, business development and entrepreneurial venture experience, Kamal will provide counsel to clients across all practice groups and support business development efforts on behalf of the agency.

“Our Digital Influence team is constantly seeking experienced talent that provides new knowledge and perspective to our ever-growing client roster,” said John Bell, managing director of 360° Digital Influence. “Our approach to digital word of mouth that leverages social media combined with Irfan’s entrepreneurial spirit will be invaluable and we are thrilled to have him on the team.”

Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Kamal served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com. In this role, he was in charge of researching, sourcing and evaluating digital startup investment strategy and opportunities for Jeff Bezos’ personal investment.

“The 360° Digital Influence Group has a compelling vision and the resources to completely redefine how people connect with innovative companies and brands,” said Kamal. “The team’s ability to conceptualize, measure and deliver creative digital marketing strategies globally is truly exceptional. I look forward to helping this practice continue to grow.”

Irfan’s entrepreneurial experience also includes founding a preventive health social networking startup, running a digital strategy consulting practice focused on international aviation and building a media startup. Irfan further brings several years of energy, infrastructure and financial services industry experience in earlier roles on the financing teams at Bechtel and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.

Based in Ogilvy PR’s Washington office, Kamal graduated with honors from Princeton University, achieving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) is a leading global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 60 cities around the world. In its 27th year, Ogilvy PR provides strategic public relations counsel to a variety of clients across its consumer marketing, corporate, healthcare, technology, public affairs, social marketing and entertainment practices. The agency also offers biotechnology and government affairs expertise through its subsidiaries Feinstein Kean Healthcare and Ogilvy Government Relations, respectively. In addition, Ogilvy PR provides services in digital marketing, social media, and word of mouth marketing. Ogilvy PR is part of the WPP Group, one of the world's largest communications services organizations (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com). For more information, visit our Web site at www.ogilvypr.com.