LONDON — Lewis has hired Sarah Ogden, the head of corporate and brand communications at 3 Monkeys Zeno, as the new managing director of its London headquarters, PRovoke Media has learned.

Ogden established the corporate brand practice at 3 Monkeys, overseeing global corporate and consumer clients across the technology, FMCG, professional services, finance and media sectors.

She had joined the firm in 2009 after being the MD of Midnight Communications. At the time, 3 Monkeys was an independent agency led by founder Angie Moxham; the agency was bought by Zeno in 2016 and Moxham left to found The Fourth Angel at the end of 2017.

In her new role, Ogden will lead the 100-strong team in London as well as overseeing key global and EMEA campaigns. Worldwide, Lewis has 500 employees across 24 offices and its client base includes Deliveroo, Lucid, Siemens and Petronas, which handed its EMEA lubricants brief to Lewis in May this year.

“It is a gift to find an independent agency with Lewis’ track record, entrepreneurial spirit and global infrastructure,” said Ogden. “The world has never been more ready for communications built on strategic and technical expertise and a fundamental understanding of how businesses think, operate and deliver for stakeholders and society. Lewis has built a formidable proposition and I am excited to play a role in realising its next chapter.”

Ogden replaces Ruth Jones, who left the UK MD role at Lewis at the end of last year after seven years to move into independent consultancy. Former EMEA SVP Giles Peddy left Lewis last May and is now the CEO of Missive.

Lewis’ EVP Europe, Yvonne van Bokhoven, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to Lewis. She brings great skills as well as a sense of humour and a no-nonsense attitude, making her a great cultural fit. We have ambitious plans for the London team, which is the company’s flagship office. We have grown quickly over the past year and want to continue that positive trend. Sarah’s experience in consumer, brand and corporate will be pivotal in helping us grow and expand our business in those areas.”

Agency founder Chris Lewis added: “Sarah is that rare individual – a person with huge experience yet still loads of potential,” said Founder, Chris Lewis. “She brings great brand experience at an important point in the development of the company.”

At 3 Monkeys Zeno, managing director Jo Patterson, who joined the agency last September, told PRovoke: “Sarah has been instrumental in the growth and success of 3MZ for more than 12 years. She’s a smart client counsellor and seasoned corporate practitioner.  We wish Sarah the very best as she takes her next step.

“Moving forward, we will continue expanding Zeno’s corporate bench in London, servicing complex UK and global clients and growing at pace.  We’re excited to bring in fresh perspective and differentiated expertise as we look towards our next chapter.”