Stuart Smith is Global CEO of Public Relations at Ogilvy. He is well known for his views on the future of PR. At Ogilvy he has focused on re-inventing the role of PR in one of the world’s most creative and integrated marketing services agencies at a time when the boundaries between traditional disciplines are blurring. He has made it a career long mission to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion in the industry.
Stuart had held senior positions in both agencies and on the client side. Under his leadership in 2014 Ogilvy EMEA was named Holmes Report Network of the Year. He has worked at all three of WPP’s largest PR brands, starting his career at Burson-Marsteller in London. Before joining Ogilvy, he was CEO of Edelman UK and Head of EMEA Corporate at H+K Strategies.
He has had the privilege of working with C-suite executives from some of the world’s leading brands advising them on personal branding, reputation, crisis or the creative role of PR. He specializes in corporate-to-consumer communications and destination branding.
Stuart graduated with a D.Phil. from Christ Church, Oxford University. He is on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Economics & Peace, serves on the Board of the New York Stem Cell Foundation and UN Women’s Private Sector Advisory Council. British by birth, he lives in New York and Los Angeles.