HONG KONG—Ogilvy & Mather has named Steve Dahllof, managing director of Ogilvy PR's global strategy and planning group, as regional chief executive of Ogilvy PR Asia Pacific, succeeding Christopher Graves. Graves was named global CEO of the international public relations firm and is taking up his new role, effective January 2010.
Since joining Ogilvy PR in 1987, Dahllof has served in a variety of roles, spending time in both Asia and Europe in a global function. In his new role, he will have overall responsibility for the firm's Asia Pacific business—the largest public relations operation in the region, spanning more than 30 offices in Asia, India, Southeast Asia and Australia. He will also serve as a member of Ogilvy & Mather's Asia Pacific executive committee, reporting to Tim Isaac, chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, Asia Pacific.
Dahllof has more than 30 years of experience in marketing communications, advertising and public relations and has been directly involved in long-term planning, consumer education outreach programs and marketing strategies for key accounts representing a wide range of industries, corporations and government agencies. Prior to overseeing strategy and planning, he ran the network's largest North American office in Washington, D.C. for two years and also served as the agency's global creative director. Steve previously worked with Restaurants USA and the Food Marketing Institute.
In addition, three Ogilvy PR country managing directors will take on additional regional responsibilities as regional directors. Scott Kronick, currently president of Ogilvy PR in China, will now oversee all of North Asia. Andrew Thomas, currently managing director in Singapore will oversee all of Southeast Asia. John Studdert of Ogilvy PR in Australia will oversee the five Ogilvy PR majority-owned agencies there as well as the Ogilvy PR minority-owned interests in two additional firms. Studdert will also serve as senior counsel on the company's internal communications as he is a recognized expert and founder of one of the most award-winning specialist employee communications agencies, which operates under the Impact brand.