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Paul O’Donnell

Paul O’Donnell




OgilvyOne Worldwide

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7345 3148


10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14



Career highlights

Running OgilvyOne across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the UK and then Europe.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

A particularly technologically challenged presentation to a very senior client prospect team.

Best thing about your job

The people I get to spend time with – our guys and many of our clients.

Worst thing about your job

Heathrow Airport.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Focus on something important instead.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

Neil French. I admire his \"balls\" and his handwriting – but not his hairstyle.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

I am next year – sailing.

Your USP?

Consistency of purpose.

What would you change about yourself?

Drink less.

Favourite media

Financial Times.

Favourite shop

Any Tumi store.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

I honestly can't remember.

How many toilets do you own?

How very droll.

What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

Bose noise-cancelling headphones and iPod.


It's a credit to O'Donnell's leadership skills that Mike Dodds' departure went through without the usual chaos that comes when a chief executive leaves an agency. Warm and engaging, his tireless work ethic has also seen him manage to continue to improve OgilvyOne's digital credentials this year.

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