Paul Heath, CEO & chairman of O&M Asia Pacific, is taking up a new role as worldwide executive director, chief growth officer reporting to Worldwide CEO John Seifert.
In this role, Heath will lead and manage a worldwide growth plan for securing new clients and managing a portfolio of clients across the globe. He will also support Seifert in the development and delivery of Ogilvy & Mather's worldwide strategic plan.
Heath will continue as chairman for Asia Pacific and will join the board of the newly formed WPP AUNZ—the result of the recent merger between WPP and STW covering Australia and New Zealand—and represent Ogilvy's interests in that market. He will transition with his family to New York over the summer.
Chris Reitermann, currently CEO of Ogilvy China and Kent Wertime, currently chief operating officer of Asia Pacific have been appointed co-CEOs of the region. Reitermann and Wertime have been working closely with Heath as part of his leadership team for the last six years.
As co-CEOs, they will have a joint mission of driving Ogilvy's next phase of leadership, growth and creative excellence in Asia. Reitermann will remain based in China, and will also continue as China CEO, while Wertime will remain based in Bangkok, and be responsible for ASEAN and India.
In addition, Jerry Smith, currently regional president, OgilvyOne Asia Pacific, will take over Wertime's role as chief operating officer of O&M Asia Pacific. He will be based in Hong Kong.