Robert Mathias, Ogilvy Public Relations regional CEO for North America, will leave the agency at the end of the year, reports PRWeek. Mathias has worked at Ogilvy since 1988, leading its San Francisco office and later its D.C. operations. He stepped into the role of regional CEO for North America in 2013 but, in February 2016, Ogilvy PR narrowed Mathias’ responsibilities to focus again on the firm’s D.C., office.
According to PRWeek:
“Ogilvy PR global CEO Stuart Smith will assume Mathias’ responsibilities. Mathias will remain in the office until the end of the year as part of the transition. The firm hopes to have a replacement hired early next year.
“”[Mathias] has been a valued and valuable member of our team for more than two decades and we are grateful for his service as head of our San Francisco office, head of our Washington, DC, office, and as regional CEO for North America for Ogilvy PR,” Smith said.
“After 21 straight years at Ogilvy, Mathias said he wants to do something new, but didn’t elaborate on what kind of position he is seeking.
“”I have had many opportunities to do many different things here,” he said. “I have worked with great people inside the agency and on the client side and did some meaningful work. Ogilvy has been accommodating and gracious.””
In 2015, Mathias was one of three people inducted into PRSA-NCC’s National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Capitol Communicator conducted a Q-and-A with him, which you can read here.