Ogilvy Appoints Edelman’s Maria O’Keeffe as Global Chief People Officer

Ogilvy has appointed Edelman veteran Maria O’Keeffe as Global Chief People Officer, tasked with leading Ogilvy’s global people experience, strategy, and operations including employee attraction and retention, performance management, leadership development, and learning.

O’Keeffe, who will be based in Chicago, spent nearly 25 years at Edelman. During her tenure she served as Chief Talent Officer of the U.S., Canada, and Latin America regions, culminating in her most recent role as Global CTO of Practices, Sectors & Clients.

“Ogilvy is at a moment of exciting transformation fueled by creative innovation, new business growth, and impactful client work—all made possible by the immensely talented people that we have in our company,” said Andy Main, Global Chief Executive Officer.


“To build on our current momentum we must focus relentlessly on developing our people while attracting and retaining the best and most diverse talent in the industry. Maria is a world-class executive who has been at the forefront of shaping innovative talent programs and offerings while fostering inclusive workplaces. We are delighted that Maria is taking on this role and look forward to partnering with her to further strengthen Ogilvy’s employee experience.”

O’Keeffe added: “I am thrilled to be joining such an iconic brand and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of Ogilvy’s success. My ambition is and always has been to provide an employee experience that inspires, rewards, and excites. The prospect of being able to do this work in partnership with the most creative and strategic minds in the industry has me beyond excited. We are at a unique moment in which we have the opportunity to reshape the employee experience to be one that is modern and inclusive. I can think of no better place than Ogilvy to lead the way on this important work.”



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