SACRAMENTO—Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has hired Don Wilcox as senior vice president and Nicole Ratcliff as vice president. The pair will work to build a government affairs specialty in Sacramento, offering expertise in lobbying to a range of the agency's clients.
Wilcox was most recently chief of staff to Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, while Ratcliff joins Ogilvy PR from KP Public Affairs where she managed several of the firm's major clients, and was responsible for shaping public opinion through public affairs, issues management and coalition building campaigns. Both will work closely with Ogilvy PR's global public affairs practice.
According to Michael Law, managing director of Ogilvy’s west coast operations, "Many of our clients have sought our advice in the government affairs side of the business.”
In addition, Valerie Vento, senior vice president, was promoted in December 2009 to executive vice president and the leadership position for the agency's Sacramento office, which combines public affairs, government, corporate affairs and branding practices. Vento has been with Ogilvy for five years, and brings expertise in social marketing and public affairs to such clients as the California Earthquake Authority, Planned Parenthood and California State Treasurer Buy California Bonds initiative.