Kinney will be working with Jag Dhanji, who was recently appointed as global chief people officer, and Devika Bulchandani, who is joining the company as CEO of Ogilvy North America.

Kinney will partner with leaders across the company's global network to develop and evolve practices, policies and programmes to ensure Ogilvy has a strong culture of belonging — one that fosters an open environment for everyone to thrive and be their authentic selves.

Kinney succeeds Donna Pedro, who joined Ogilvy in 2007 as one of the advertising industry's first chief diversity officers. Pedro recently moved into a role with WPP.

Andy Main, global CEO of Ogilvy, says, "Kinney brings with him a passion for people that is contagious and a unique approach to diversity, equity, inclusion and culture."

"Our success and sustainability as a business will be the direct result of our people, as well as our ability to build a culture where the many dimensions of difference are represented and valued at all levels of the company. I'm thrilled to have Kinney bringing his rich expertise to our leadership team," adds Main.

"My life's work is centered around propelling people towards their purpose and unlocking doors so they can achieve their full potential. It's an honor to have a global platform to do just that at Ogilvy," says Kinney.

"I'm looking forward to partnering with Andy, Devika, Jag and our people to further ignite allyship at Ogilvy and to inject more creativity into the way people work," concludes Kinney.

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