Stuart Smith, head of Ogilvy’s global PR group, is leaving the WPP unit to take the chief marketing & growth job at Vegolutionary Foods, the Los Angeles health food company founded by his wife and former Edelman western region CEO Gail Becker.
He joined Oglivy in 2011 following a seven-year run as Edelman UK chief and three years at Hill & Knowlton, where he rose to head the corporate EMEA group.
Smith played the leading role in the folding of the standalone Ogilvy PR into an offering of a single-branded company.
Ogilvy CEO John Siefert will assume Smith’s duties on an interim basis.
Los Angeles-based Vegolutionary is noted for its ready-to-cook Caulipower gluten-free pizza and SweetPotaToasts.
Becker exited Edelman to launch Vegolutionary in 2016.