Ogilvy today announced new members of its global leadership team with the appointments of Stacey Ryan-Cornelius as Global Chief Financial Officer and Jag Dhanji as Global Chief People Officer.
“Stacey is not only a seasoned leader with vast experience and creative commercial acumen, but also a leader experienced in business transformation and growth,” said Andy Main, Global CEO of Ogilvy.
“We’re thrilled to have her back at Ogilvy as we focus on being the best platform and partner for growth, delivering speed to value for our clients with world-class creative thinking. When we grow our business, and that of our clients, it is because of Ogilvy’s ability to attract, nurture, and retain the best talent in the industry. Jag’s experience working across fast-moving organizations and industries, and the passion she has shown for building a culture at Ogilvy that empowers people to do their best work, will be an amazing asset to our team.”
Ryan-Cornelius succeeds Steve Goldstein, who is retiring from the business and will stay on for a transition period through early 2021; Dhanji takes over for Brian Fetherstonhaugh.
Ryan-Cornelius and Dhanji will both report to Andy Main as well as WPP Chief Financial Officer John Rogers and WPP Chief People Officer Jacqui Canney respectively; they will also join the WPP Finance and People leadership teams.
“As we think about the future of the industry, Andy’s vision coupled with Ogilvy’s world-class creativity and range of capabilities is a compelling proposition for our clients. I’m really excited to be coming back to Ogilvy as it embarks on the next stage of its evolution,” said Stacey Ryan-Cornelius. “I’m also looking forward to partnering with Andy, Jag, and other leaders to drive meaningful, and lasting progress when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Stacey Ryan-Cornelius most recently served as Global Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Geometry Global, WPP’s end to end Creative Commerce Agency, where she was a driving force behind the agency’s transformation.
Ryan-Cornelius played an important role in the deployment of a distinct and advanced technology platform, Living CommerceTM, which aimed to establish a new way of working that is agile, collaborative, and reflects the needs of today’s modern marketers.
Prior to that, she was Global Chief Financial Officer of WPP Health & Wellness where she spent 15 months restructuring the portfolio, executing key transformation initiatives, and delivering financial and strategic direction across 64 operating units in the US, Canada, EMEA, and Asia.
She originally joined Ogilvy in 1999 and held various regional and global leadership roles, including serving as the company’s Worldwide Controller until 2018. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she consulted on financial statement audits, mergers & acquisitions, and IPO’sfora range of major multinational advertising and publishing clients from Ziff-Davis Publishing and Simon & Schuster to Viacom’s MTV Network and PBS’s Children’s Television Workshop.
Ryan-Cornelius has been featured by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Business and is often called upon to speak about diversity and inclusion, and the importance of increased representation across all levels of the marketing and communications industry.
Jag Dhanji joined Ogilvy in October 2017 as Chief Talent Officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She is a seasoned leader that has commercial experience working across a number of international companies and industries including Diageo, Vodafone, and Costa. She has worked with diverse teams including the Global Marketing and Innovation team at Diageo, the India leadership team at Vodafone, as well as the International team at Costa.
“We are living through a unique moment where we are completely rethinking the way we live and work, which makes this opportunity so invigorating,” said Jag Dhanji. “Ogilvy has some of the best creative and strategic talent in the world and I’m excited to work with my colleagues across the globe to ensure that Ogilvy remains a ‘company of giants’ with a culture that is innovative, inclusive, and fun.”
Dhanji has a passion for building enduring and sustainable organizations – throughout her career she has helped organizations to evolve and grow, building strong diverse talent pipelines, and developed the key asset of any organization, their people. Jag has led teams worldwide and has worked and lived in Europe, South Africa, and India.