Paul Simons, the chairman of the UK Ogilvy Group, has appointed
Jeff Quilter as the agency’s operations director.
The appointment is the first stage of a move by Simons, who was
appointed last month (Campaign, 16 April), to set up a UK Ogilvy Group
board. The final line-up of the board is expected to be announced next
Representatives from each of the group’s companies, including OgilvyOne,
O&M, Ogilvy PR and Primary Contact, will join the board, which will meet
regularly to discuss inter-company business. The first such topic is
OgilvyOne’s move to Canary Wharf next summer.
Simons said: ’I anticipate considerable long-term benefits from the
collective opportunities that will come from a genuinely integrated
group. To speed up this process, I’m creating the group board. This is a
natural and obvious move given the breadth and depth of our collective
Quilter, who was included in Campaign’s 30th anniversary issue’s Fantasy
Agency, takes up his new position on Monday. He said: ’Paul is the best
guy I’ve ever worked with. O&M is a real challenge, it’s one of the top
Quilter quit TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, where he was head of office
services, last October, following the merger of TBWA Simons Palmer with
GGT. ’It wasn’t the same company,’ he said.