International: Ogilvy has announced the elevation of David Fox to the role of CEO for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, effective 1st March 2021. The new role encompasses responsibility for nine countries and 10 offices across the region.
David joined Ogilvy Australia in 1999 to manage major brands such as Nestle, Lion Nathan, Hyundai and Unilever. The new assignment follows six and a half years for Fox as CEO of Ogilvy Australia, having previously spent ten years in global client roles with Ogilvy in London.
Commenting on the appointment Ogilvy Global CEO, Andy Main said “As we work to ensure Ogilvy is the best partner for growth on the planet, it is essential that we have a bench of leaders who understand how to bring the best of Ogilvy to the table to drive value for clients. Fox has proven to be one of those strong, capable leaders and I’m thrilled to have him taking on a new role as CEO in MENA.”
“Under his leadership in Australia, Ogilvy made significant advancements in digital innovation, driven superior client value, and built a company culture recognised throughout the Ogilvy network.This resulted in Ogilvy Australia delivering excellent growth – growth that is profitable, sustainable and responsible. I’m confident that our operation in MENA will grow from a position of strength with Foxy at the helm and that Australia will continue building momentum as we make this transition.” He added.
Sharing his views on moving on from the current role, David Fox Said “Leading Ogilvy Australia has been amazing, working with exceptionally talented people and fantastic clients. Together with my team we have always strived for ambitious outcomes for both our clients and the Ogilvy brand and nothing is more important to me than knowing Ogilvy Australia is in a very strong position.”
“I want to especially thank my team, they are outstanding and I am confident the agency will continue to thrive under new leadership. I also want to thank our amazing clients for their support of both the agency and myself during my time as CEO. Ogilvy Australia is nothing without client support and in particular their loyalty and commitment to us during COVID has been phenomenal. This was a difficult decision, but you cannot hang around forever and it’s time for a change at the top. It’s been an extraordinary privilege to lead Ogilvy Australia and I will be forever supportive of its success. I am incredibly excited about my next step within the Ogilvy network and more than ever remain committed to our people, our clients, and the Ogilvy brand.” He added.