Ogilvy UK hires Laura Sherwood as Chief People Officer


Global advertising, PR and marketing house Ogilvy UK has appointed Laura Sherwood as Chief People Officer UK.

Sherwood specialises in the creative sector, with two decades of experience leading HR functions across big brands, top creative agencies, global networks and independent startups.

She will be responsible for championing Ogilvy UK’s ‘people first’ strategy. Overseeing employee experience and agency culture, she will deliver on her passion for learning and development by implementing tangible strategies across the agency.

Laura Sherwood

Ogilvy said Sherwood will work alongside the wider leadership team, including Elaine Grell, who was promoted to Chief People Officer EMEA last year, and Ogilvy’s head of DEI, Matt Foster, to champion a safer place to work for all colleagues.

Fiona Gordon, CEO at Ogilvy UK, said: “Laura’s genuine love and enthusiasm for people makes her a perfect fit.

“She will help ensure Ogilvy UK continues to support all our colleagues at every stage of their career and at every stage of their life.

“Working alongside our extremely talented and dedicated people team, Laura will be supporting everyone from our junior talent to senior leaders, enabling them to flourish and nurture their creative spark that our clients love.”

Commenting on her appointment, Sherwood said: “I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at Ogilvy. I love working for agencies, Ogilvy is a brand that I have long coveted to work for, and everyone has been so welcoming & supportive since I joined.

“My passion is to help make individuals and teams thrive, be the best they can be and drive an inclusive and positive culture.

Ogilvy shares my passions and puts their people at the heart of everything they do. I can’t wait to get stuck into building partnerships across the business.”