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Paul
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Paul has been with Ogilvy for 30 years. He joined the London office of O&M Direct where he worked in a variety of roles, before transferring to an assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He then went on to spend eight years in Asia - running O&M Direct in Singapore and then Hong Kong before becoming President of O&M Direct Asia/Pacific in 1995, with responsibility for 14 separate businesses across the region.

In the spring of 1998, Paul returned to London to work on international business development, creating new service offerings, and driving international acquisition.  During this time he also played a leading role in establishing OgilvyOne’s presence across Latin America.

In September 2002, Paul became Chairman of OgilvyOne London and, two years later, assumed responsibility for OgilvyOne’s business across the entire EAME region.  In July 2009, he was appointed Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group UK before being promoted to Chief Executive, Ogilvy & Mather EAME in May 2014. Paul once again took the reins at Ogilvy UK as Chief Executive in September 2017.  He also sits on the worldwide boards of both OgilvyOne and Ogilvy & Mather and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Paul has a particular interest in organizational psychodynamics and the management of change within companies.  In 2002 he completed the inaugural International Diploma Program at INSEAD and holds a Masters Degree from the Haute Etude Commercial in Paris.  He is also Chairman of the UK Chapter of the International Advertising Association and a Trustee of the Institute of Direct Digital and Data Marketing.

Paul lives in Blackheath, London with his wife, daughter and dog.  He is also a long-time supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC, a keen cruising sailor and an enthusiastic skier