Ogilvy & Mather have paid a glowing tribute to advertising legend Chris Wall who passed away on Tuesday night following a brief battle with cancer at the age of 61.
The veteran copywriter is best known for leading technology campaigns for the likes of Apple, IBM and Microsoft during a two-decade long career at Ogilvy & Mather, during which he rose to the post of vice chairman of Ogilvy North America.
Marking his passing on Facebook, Ogilvy executive creative director Susan Westre, Wall’s creative partner, wrote: “Chris Wall died last night, and all of us who loved him are hurting beyond belief, It’s unbearable that he is no longer with us.”
Wall’s association with Ogilvy stretches all the way back to 1996, when he first joined as an executive creative director before steadily working his way through the ranks to reach the top. Prior to this, Wall had spent a year at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and had spent close to a decade at BBDO.
It was during his time at the former that Wall first rose to prominence as a writer on the Apple account in 1987, beginning a specialisation in computer and tech accounts which would last a lifetime.
In the wake of his success with Apple for BBDO Wall went on to work with Microsoft at Wieden + Kennedy before landing the IBM role at Ogilvy. It was this latter role which cemented Wall’s reputation in the eyes of his peers by helping to revitalize a brand that had been written off as dead with a creative resurgence throughout the 1990s and 2000s.