ex mcgarrybowen, Kevin Chesters takes over as Chief Strategy Officer @ Ogilvy&Mather London 

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Ogilvy & Mather London (O&M London) appointed Kevin Chesters as Chief Strategy Officer to help lead the UK agency. He will report to agency’s new CEO, Charlie Rudd.

Chesters has been Executive Planning Director for mcgarrybowen London since 2013. Before this he worked as Head of Planning for Wieden & Kennedy London for five years, and was previously Planning Director at Saatchi & Saatchi. Like Rudd, Chesters started his career at O&M in Account Handling before switching to becoming an Account Planner in 1999.

Kevin Chesters

While at Wieden&Kennedy he was responsible for multi-award winning work for Three, Honda and Nokia. His new business track record since joining mcgarrybowen has been deeply impressive, winning 16 out of 19 pitches in just under 3 years. He has also helped the agency win twice at Cannes and seen the agency enjoy considerable revenue growth.

Charlie Rudd, CEO, O&M London:

I am delighted that Kevin will be joining the team.  This is a new era for Ogilvy, with our fantastic new home at Sea Containers, and Kevin will help me and the wider team shape and build the agency’s future direction. I can’t wait for him to start and bring his blend of hunger, humour and strategic smarts to our business.

Kevin Chesters:

I’ve had a brilliant time helping put mcgarrybowen on the map in the UK, but when Annette and Charlie talked to me about this opportunity, I knew this was the next chapter for me. It feels like coming home, to one of the great brands in world advertising

Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world, services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 450 offices in 120 countries and is a WPP company.