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Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Announces Five New Additions to its Washington Office

Flurry of Hires Results From Agency’s Increased Growth During Past Months

Washington, DC, November 9, 2005 – Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR), a leading global communications firm, announced today five new additions to its Washington, D.C. office. Linda Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Homeland Security Group; Bryan Callahan, Vice President, Social Marketing; Laurie Sodano, Human Resources Director; Dayle Stein, Senior Interactive Producer; and Abby Kral, Account Director, Health Policy Group all joined Ogilvy PR/Washington and will provide counsel to the firm’s diverse client base and workforce.

“Our new additions represent Ogilvy PR’s continuous growth within all areas of Washington communications,” said Robert F. Mathias, Managing Director of Ogilvy PR/Washington. “All bring vibrant energy and strategic thinking that will result in exceptional client service. I am confident that all of these individuals will provide valuable contributions to the entire office and our partners at the Federalist Group and help meet the growing demands on our business.”

Following are brief backgrounds on the individual additions:

Linda Weinberg brings over 17 years of government communications and strategic planning with special emphasis on emergency risk communication, training and program planning and implementation. She joins Ogilvy PR/Washington’s Homeland Security Group from the American Institutes for Research’s Health Program where she served as Managing Director of Communications for the past five years. She has directed projects for various federal government groups, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Communications Support for the Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications.

Joining the award winning Social Marketing practice, Bryan Callahan comes to Ogilvy PR as a Vice President with over 10 years of professional public affairs and communications experience. Bryan will serve as the Deputy Project Director for the HIV Vaccine Awareness Campaign, a project of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, applying his knowledge of government communications and his experience in working with domestic and international media. Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Bryan directed communications for the African Development Foundation (ADF), a United States government agency that provides direct financing to African-owned small businesses in 15 African countries.

Laurie Sodano joins Ogilvy PR with more than a decade of experience in HR management, with over five years at Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Laurie was previously the Director of Human Capital for Navigant Consulting where she oversaw HR operations for seven offices and 600+ employees. She understands the professional services model, has an excellent business sense and has a proven track record in developing and implementing systems and programs to help people achieve greater results in the workplace.

Joining the Creative Studio in Ogilvy PR’s Washington office Dayle Stein has more than 10 years of experience in project management and Web site design and development. Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, she worked at Z-Tech Corporation managing the design, content and development of many Web and multimedia projects for the National Institutes of Health. She also led the Web initiatives at the Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association of American Medical Colleges, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her background includes extensive experience in health education and communications, marketing, publications, and media relations.

Abby Kral comes to Ogilvy’s Health Policy Group as an Account Director after a number of years on Capitol Hill where she worked as a Policy Advisor to Senator Mike DeWine for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In addition to domestic health policy, Abby also has considerable knowledge of international health programs, having traveled and represented the Senator on a number of international trips. Prior to working in the Senate, Abby served as senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Louisiana on child welfare and welfare reform issues and then with the Louisiana Department of Labor.


About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is a global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 60 cities around the world. Entering its 25th year providing public relations solutions, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has specialties in consumer marketing, corporate (B2B), healthcare, social marketing, technology, public affairs and entertainment. Through its subsidiary Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide provides communication consulting to biotechnology companies. The Holmes Report has named Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide “2003 International Agency of the Year”; marking the fourth consecutive year the firm has been awarded “Agency of the Year.” Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is part of the WPP Group, one of the world’s leading communications services groups (NASDAQ: WPPGY, For more information, visit our Web site at