Ogilvy UK bolsters creative team with new ECD hire

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by Mark Johnson

Ogilvy UK has named Shishir (Shish) Patel as the latest Executive Creative Director to join the agency. 

Patel will be working primarily on the British Airways account, while collaborating with the creative leadership to continue to push the boundaries of the creative offering, the company said. 

He joins over 100 creatives, reporting directly to Chief ECD Jules Chalkley. 

In his new role, Patel will be focusing on continuing to deliver impactful work for British Airways, while bringing his expertise from both the advertising industry and the technology industry together to open new possibilities for creatives to flourish. 

Patel has over 18 years’ experience from the industry which he brings to Ogilvy, along with a creative and innovative approach to producing memorable campaigns across mediums. 

His career has spanned agencies including DDB London, Fallon, Wieden + Kennedy and BBH London. 

Blue chip clients

During his career, he has worked on clients including Cadbury, Tesco, Audi, Weetabix, Vespa and British Airways.  

Most recently, he was at both Facebook’s Creative Shop and Studio. At the Creative Shop, he worked in partnership with brands and agencies looking to create advertising tailored to the platform, while at the Studio he was involved in the global “Here Together” campaign, tackling issues around privacy, fake news and rebuilding trust. 

“I’m very excited to have Shish on board as an ECD”, said Dede Laurentino, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy UK. 

“His experience across both the agency landscape and within a big technology company means he can bring exciting thinking borne from both these experiences to the team. 

“I look forward to seeing the impact he has on our work and the creative team to continue the elevation and ingenuity of our ideas.”
Jules Chalkley, Chief ECD, Ogilvy UK: “Shish represents the new archetype of creative we’re looking to work with at Sea Containers. 

“He is the embodiment of creative excellence, coupled with a rich and creatively varied background. This can bring new skills and knowledge to our clients. ”

Commenting on his new role, Patel said: “For me, the job has always been about two things: people and possibilities. 

“Ogilvy’s new set up really appealed to me. There’s an exciting potential in diverse talent and disciplines in the building working more closely together. 

“That energy combined with working on a great brand like British Airways – I can’t wait to get started!”

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