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Gary Leih

Gary Leih


Group chairman and chief executive


Ogilvy Group UK

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7345 3225.


10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QB


10th December 1958


Any album by David Gray.


Any book by Tim Winton.

Breakfast radio show

I do not listen to breakfast radio.

Career history

Group account director, Ogilvy Johannesburg, 1986-1989. Co-founder, The White House, 1989-1994. New-business director, Campaign Palace, 1994-1995. partner in Batey Kazoo, 1995-1999. Managing director, TBWA, Sydney, 1999-2001. Group managing director, Ogilvy South Africa, 2001-2005. Chairman and chief executive, Ogilvy Group UK, 2005 to date.

Daily newspaper

The Times.

Everyone's saying

The ebullient South African has really shaken things up since he began his tenure at the Ogilvy Group. He's tapped OgilvyOne to buoy up O&M, but given the popularity of integrated offerings these days, that's no bad thing.


Wife Sharon; daughters Alexis (22) and Caitlin (21).

Favourite ad

Budweiser 'real men of genius'.

Favourite technology

Denon hi-fi.

Greatest achievement

My girls.

Magazine (pleasure)

Vanity Fair.

Magazine (professional)

Harvard Business Review.

Most humbling experience

Campaign magazine.

Most-admired entrepreneur

Sir Martin Sorrell (of course!).

Sunday newspaper

The Sunday Times.

TV programme

Grand Designs.


What car do you own


What principle defines your working life

Do the right thing.

Additional Information

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