LONDON—Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has named Paul Barber as chief executive for Europe, Africa and Middle East, a move the firm says is part of a plan to accelerate the development of its regional network and to link the EAME region’s offices and clients even more closely to those in Asia-Pacific and the United States. Growth of the firm’s London office is a priority.
In his most recent role as director of marketing at The Football Association, Barber handled the England soccer team’s marketing and communications activities at the World Cup 2002 in Japan and Korea as well as a number of high profile issues affecting the sport. The FA is the UK’s third highest profile organisation in terms of volume of media coverage.
In a related move, Stephen Clark, most recently director of public relations for Royal & SunAlliance Group, has been hired as a director of Ogilvy PR’s UK office, responsible for the corporate and technology practice.
Prior to joining Royal & SunAlliance, Clark was group communications director for Inchcape plc, where he was responsible for communicating the group’s transformation from a diverse conglomerate into a focused international automotive group.
Barbara McCall, head of practice for corporate and technology and Charlie Pryor, associate director in the same group, are leaving Ogilvy PR London to launch The Word Shop, a strategic communications consultancy. Neil McGregor Paterson, director of the U.K. health and medical practice, is leaving to pursue a personal venture outside public relations.