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Ogilvy & Mather taps mcgarrybowen's Kevin Chesters for chief strategy officer role


By Gillian West, Social media manager

January 28, 2016 | 2 min read

Ogilvy & Mather London has appointed Kevin Chesters as chief strategy officer.

Joining from mcgarrybowen where he held the role of executive planning director, Chesters is charged with helping to lead the UK agency reporting to Ogilvy & Mather London’s new chief executive officer, Charlie Rudd.

Prior to mcgarrybowen, Chesters was head of planning at Wieden + Kennedy London for five years, and was previously planning director at Saatchi & Saatchi. Like Rudd, he started his career at Ogilvy in account handling before becoming an account planner in 1999.

Of the appointment Rudd said he was “delighted” and that it was “a new era for Ogilvy”.

“Kevin will help me and the wider team shape and build the agency’s future direction,” said Rudd. “I can’t wait for him to start and bring his blend of hunger, humour and strategic smarts to our business.”

Chesters added: “I’ve had a brilliant time helping to put mcgarrybowen on the map in the UK, but when Annette and Charlie talked to me about this opportunity, I knew this was the next chapter for me. It feels like coming home, to one of the great brands in the world of advertising.”

While at Wieden + Kennedy Chesters was responsible for multi-award winning work from Three, Honda and Nokia and at mcgarrybowen he has helped with 16 out of 19 pitches in just under three years.

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