WASHINGTON, DC — Ogilvy’s Brendan Daly has departed the firm’s Washington, DC office to become director of public affairs for the US Department of Energy.

Before joining Ogilvy in 2011, Daly spent nine years as communications director for Congresswoman (and former Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi. Ogilvy’s North American CEO Rob Mathias said Daly’s departure doesn’t impact the structure of the DC office and noted that in January, Ogilvy promoted agency veteran Lisa Ross to EVP and head of its public affairs and corporate activities. 

Last year, the Holmes Report covered layoffs that Ogilvy PR made in its Washington DC office resulting in the departure of 10 to 20 executives due to a difficult “fiscal environment.” Before the turmoil, the Washington DC office was known as the firm’s powerhouse  growing around 9% annually during the past decade.