Ogilvy One CEO Jo Coombs to depart agency in May

Jo Coombs first joined Ogilvy in 1998

Jo Coombs, the chief executive of Ogilvy One UK, has announced she will resign from the post and the group mid-May.

The Drum understands Coombs will remain in the industry and reveal her next moves in June.

She departs amid a period of change at the company: the group is currently unifying all its sub-brands into Ogilvy UK.

The transformation is being led by UK chief executive Michael Frohlich, who replaced Annette King in February. Meanwhile the chief executive of Ogilvy PR, Marshall Manson, announced he was departing to join Brunswick in October 2017.

Coombs has clocked up more than 18 years at the company, having originally joined as an account manager in 1998. She returned in 2003 after stints at Wunderman and Y&R and rose up the ranks to chief executive of Ogilvy One in 2016.

“I have loved my time at Ogilvy,” she said. “I have been lucky to work with so many brilliant, smart, funny people, wonderful brands and first class clients. And most importantly, we’ve made some incredible work over the years, of which I am very proud.

“Having achieved more than I could have ever imagined, now seems a good time for me to move onto my next challenge. I wish Ogilvy the best of luck with its plans for the future.”

Paul O’Donnell, chairman of Ogilvy EMEA, added: “Jo has added great value to the OgilvyOne business over the years and has been a pleasure to work with, both for our clients and our talent. I’d like to thank her on behalf of all of us for all that she’s done for Ogilvy – and, of course, wish her all the best for her next venture.”

Coombs’ announcement comes in the same week that Ogilvy’s WPP network head – Sir Martin Sorrell – also tendered his resignation.

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