Ogilvy PR moves to boost team following key staff departures

Since mid last year, one of the country’s most decorated communication agencies – that is Ogilvy PR or OPR – has been losing some of its key members of staff for various reasons.

First, it was Joel Chacha. Chacha had joined Ogilvy PR as an Account Director then teamed up with other colleagues who were handling the Safaricom account. Later on, Chacha would be told to also help colleagues working on the Kenya Airways (KQ) account which was by then not receiving very positive press locally, getting almost weekly beatings from local dailies.

At the end of July last year, Chacha resigned from Ogilvy and moved back to his previous employer – Tell-Em PR – as the GM.

After Chacha, there’s the departure of Alex Owiti who’d joined the agency as an Account Director in late 2015 but had no option but to leave after being pushed out by his colleagues and superiors at the firm. Alex has since set up his own outfit – Alexander Communications – and has already booked clients.

After Alex Owiti and Joel Chacha, there’s Henry Ndirangu who spent over 8 years at the agency (rising to the position of Account Director) before leaving quietly (and without any acrimony) at the end of August last year. Henry moved to Agha Khan University as the regional Director of Communications.

Ndirangu’s departure coincided with the exits of his other colleagues, among them being Jesse Sitienei, Andrew Ochieng and Esther Mwangi (all Account Executives) and Caroline Rwenji (an Account Manager). All the four – Jesse, Andrew, Esther and Caroline – used to serve on the busy Safaricom account.

The latest former staff member to exit is Geoffrey Nayema, another Ogilvy veteran who joined the firm as an Account Executive in 2014 but rose to Account Manager by 2017. Although his professional profile is yet to be updated, Nayema resigned about a month ago and has reportedly joined Jubilee Insurance as Head of Communications, a position previously held by Victoria Miguda from late 2015 till May last year.

However, now to replace the talent which has moved on (with some grabbing better opportunities and others choosing to try their hands at entrepreneurship) and strengthen its service team, Ogilvy has brought on board a number of names to boost the team.

Among these is Jesse Kisenya, an experienced PR practitioner who has previously had roles at Airtel Kenya before leaving in mid 2016 to join sweets and confectioneries vendor Wrigleys. Kisenya moved to Ogilvy in mid 2018 as the Account Director for PR & Influence and now works on various accounts including KQ (which was rumoured, wrongly, to have moved to another agency just last week).

The other is James Mwangi who made a move from the media (Nation Media Group Group where he was a reporter at Business Daily) to pursue new horizons in PR.

And we’re sure there are others (who we’ve not mentioned here) who’ve since joined the agency plus others who’ll soon join the Ogilvy stable to strengthen (and broaden) the team for the benefit of the clients.

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