Mike Daniels to MD post at Ogilvy Sydney; Jhonnie Blampied to head of strategy, digital CD Chris James joins core management group

MIKE-DANIELS.jpgMike Daniels (pictured), managing partner and head of strategy will take up the managing director role of Ogilvy & Mather Sydney. In a move that has been in the planning pipeline for some time, Daniels will assume responsibility for all the non-PR Ogilvy companies in Sydney, including Ogilvy Sydney, OgilvyOne and Neo@Ogilvy. 
Replacing Daniels as head of strategy will be Jhonnie Blampied (below left), the former CEO and chairman of DDB Australia who joined Ogilvy Sydney in October last year.
a701993585_541314_4149.jpgStuart O'Brien will continue as CEO of Ogilvy Sydney, where he will maintain key client relationships and lead a high level consulting team within the agency. 
"The time is now right to change some of the ways we run things in order to give an even greater focus on delivering great work that works for our clients," O'Brien said.
 "We've had a great year in 2009 and are looking to build on that success. We believe in a very hands-on approach to the running of our business and I will remain deeply involved with our product and clients. At Ogilvy we are continually looking at, and planning for, our future to ensure we are placing our business in the right place for continued success."
Says Daniels: "We are looking to build on the known strengths of this agency, and retain our focus on solving business problems with better and better work.  It will be about better creativity for better effectiveness - no more complicated than that."
CHRIS-JAMES-web.jpg Chris James (left), digital creative director, also joins the agency's core management group as part of its focus on ever-greater standards for creative output.
O'Brien continued: "We have in place an outstanding leadership team to ensure the continued success of this agency as we move forward."
He said there would be other additions made to Ogilvy Sydney's management group made in the coming months, which will be announced at a later date.


Anonymous said:

Crunch through the freshness!

Anonymous said:

Well done Mike.


Rowan said:

Congratulations Mike and Jhonnie. Richly deserved.

Anonymous said:

Mike Daniels is a good man; thouroughly deserved.
Good luck.

Anonymous said:

Congrats Mike. I hope you celebrated with some dodgy Tom Jones karaoke.

Robbie B

sk said:

anyone who knows mike will know just how well he is suited to running an agency like (prev. singleton's) O&M - it says so much about the agency and its future - now if you know mike, you can decide if that is a good thing or bad thing. Good to see Jhonnie back in the saddle, i say this with genuine respect. SK ;)

Anonymous said:

congratulations boyo, yachydah, and all that, all the best, gary d.

Marrianne said:

Congratulations, Mike and Jhonnie.
Looks like exciting times ahead for Ogilvy.

Anonymous said:

Blimey, that's a change for Ogilvy/Singo's/Whatever: really good people!

Anonymous said:

Good on yah Moik! GD :)

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