Gavin Simpson

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Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy, Malaysia

As a bartender, Gavin found ad people much like his customers who drank until 3am. They smelt bad, were incoherent most of the time and frequently broke.

But he found their stories interesting.  And so, with dreams of making it big in the industry, Gavin joined O&M Direct in ’92.

After 6 years in Direct Marketing, he moved to mainstream advertising at Naga DDB in 1998. Two years later, he returned to Ogilvy and was ranked as the No.1 Local Creative in 2002 and 2003 – wining Malaysia’s first Gold & Silver One Show Pencil in 2002. Subsequently, he won more awards as Creative Director at Y&R Malaysia and Leo Burnett Kreasindo in Indonesia.

He then took on the role of ECD for Ogilvy Manila in July 2005. Under Gavin’s leadership, Ogilvy & Mather Philippines was awarded 2006 Creative Agency of the Year in the 4A’s Agency of the Year Awards. In the Philippines 2007 Creative Guild Awards, Ogilvy once again were number 1 agency.

In 2007, he moved to Ogilvy Hong Kong as ECD. 

Gavin’s leadership was instrumental in Ogilvy winning the global account- Shangri-la Hotel and Resorts. In his free time, he would roam the streets in search of the perfect dim sum.

He is now back to his roots as Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Malaysia.

And has lead Ogilvy KL to be awarded Creative Agency Of the Year at Spikes Asia 2011, a ‘Nomination’ and a Yellow Pencil at D&AD and as well as Gold, Silver & Bronze Cannes Lions. .

Gavin made his mark by winning awards and business pitches wherever he went -

from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta to Manila to Hong Kong. With international awards and

business wins under his belt, he has become one of Ogilvy's most consistent leaders.

Gavin has not seen the evening sun since 1991.

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