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Sunday 15 December 2019

Murphy new CEO at Wilson Hartnell

Sharon Murphy
Sharon Murphy
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Public relations veteran Brian Bell is stepping down as chief executive of Wilson Hartnell, but he'll remain with the business. He is taking on a new role as non-executive chairman of parent group Ogilvy & Mather.

Sharon Murphy, Wilson Hartnell's deputy CEO, will take over as CEO from April 2. Ms Murphy - from Mallow, Co Cork - joined Wilson Hartnell in 2000 and took over as head of its consumer practice in 2008 before being named deputy CEO in 2016.

She is a former chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association, was a board member of the International Communications Consultants Organisation (2015-2017) and was named in PR Week's 'Top PR Professionals in the World' in its Global Power Book 2016.

Meanwhile, Mr Bell will continue to advise corporate clients as well as taking on new responsibilities in overseeing Ogilvy & Mather's media assets, including Wilson Hartnell, Ogilvy, 80/20 and stakes in Mindshare and Chemistry.

Former Diageo executive Peter O'Brien was appointed as head of Wilson Hartnell's corporate and public affairs practice in January, replacing Sheila Gahan, who stepped down after eight years in the role and 28 years with the firm.

She has taken on a role as a senior consultant to the agency.

Ogilvy & Mather group chief executive JP Donnelly said: "We are delighted to have someone of Sharon's calibre take the helm of Ireland's leading communications consultancy. Sharon has not only been an outstanding leader in WH, but is also one of the top performers in the Ogilvy network."

Irish Independent

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