I’m Leaving Ogilvy!

8 Mar

As most of you know, I’ve been part of the 360 Digital Influence practice at Ogilvy (the Word-of-Mouth/Social Media team), here in New York. I’ve been lucky enough to work with an incredible team, on some of the highest profile and best clients you could possibly wish for, on some really amazing programs. But it’s time for me to move on.

Since my Kintera days (Kintera is a set of online tools for non-profits, subsequently acquired by Black Baud), I’ve wanted to work more with non-profits. After Kintera I had the good fortune to work with the awesome folks at Invisible Children, and that experience only reinforced my desire to do more in the non-profit space. Now I have that opportunity: as of late March I’ll be  at Autism Speaks, here in the city. It’s an incredible opportunity: we’ve really only scratched the surface in the non-profit space… the possibilities therein are endless, and I’m incredibly excited to get going.

That said, I’m also sad to be leaving one of the smartest group of folks I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. The Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence folks do word-of-mouth and social media right, and more than that they’re damn good people. I feel privileged to have worked alongside them.

If you’re their client, you’re damn lucky to have them: you won’t find better counsel, a sharper approach to word-of-mouth marketing, or smarter folks anywhere in the space, no question.

So see ya later Team Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence, and thanks for everything. Hit me up if you feel like donating some money to autism at any point this year, or even if you’re in New York and you just fancy a beer. A proper one tho @iansohn, none of that American rubbish.




15 Responses to “I’m Leaving Ogilvy!”

  1. Jessica Gottlieb March 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Sounds to me like you aren’t leaving Ogilvy so much as you are going towards Autism Speaks.

    Good luck Kai. That’s noble work you’ll be doing.

  2. kai macmahon March 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Thanks Jessica. That’s a nice way of putting it! Looking forward to getting going with them 🙂

  3. Dan Schreibstein March 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    From the guy picking up your slack, best of luck. Couldn’t have learned the ropes from a better teacher.

  4. kai macmahon March 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Cheers mister. Enjoyed working with you. There’s two very important things I’d like you remember:

    1) http://www.autismspeaks.com when you do your 2010 charity giving. Give big and give often.

    2) I know this great social media crisis guy. Happy to hook you up.


  5. Tanya Chadha March 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    You will definitely be missed!

  6. kai macmahon March 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks Tanya, appreciate that 🙂

  7. Karen March 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Kai, I’m really excited for you — and pretty pleased that thanks to social media, I’ll still be able to watch you harass @IanSohn regardless of where you work. Congrats! Great to work with you and a pleasure to learn from you.

  8. Amanda Rykoff March 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Kai – though we only just met on Twitter, it sounds like this is a great fit for you. What a great new adventure. Best of luck!

  9. Marty Siederer March 9, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Kai: Congratulations on your new gig! Hope we’ll have a chance to catch up soon.

    • Marty Siederer March 9, 2010 at 8:45 am #

      Sounds great re catching the Yankees, Kai. Let me know when you get settled in and when you and Marc are free.

  10. kai macmahon March 9, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    @karen – cheers. I know I can rely on you to continue giving @iansohn a hard time!

    @amanda – thanks much, I’m pretty stoked to get going with them!

    @Marty – thanks sir, maybe we can catch a Yankees game at some point this year?

  11. Ian Sohn March 9, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Any way you can take Untereker with you??

  12. kai macmahon March 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm #


    bad man.

  13. Karen March 10, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Please, Ian, I’m your favorite. Don’t front.

  14. Bjwoxfwr July 4, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    vintage wayfarer sunglasses,

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