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Moving On … Why I Am Leaving Ogilvy

We love legendary goodbyes. Hollywood, in particular, does a great job romanticizing that last moment before anyone walks away from anything. Jack dying in freezing water and saying goodbye to his love in Titanic. Andy playing with his toys one last time before heading off to college in Toy Story 3. Tom Cruise with his mission statement and office meltdown in Jerry Macguire. Yes, there are plenty of legendary goodbyes in Hollywood, and they always involve lots of drama.

For some reason, movies were the first thing that came to my mind as I thought about how to share the announcement this week that I am leaving my role at Ogilvy after 8 great years. In that time, I have had the chance to work with dozens of brands to deliver social media, storytelling, and digital marketing strategy and advice. I helped start what has now become the world’s largest team of social media strategists, wrote two best selling books, and became a keynote speaker at events around the world. To say it has been fun and rewarding would be an understatement.

Still, 8 years is a long time – the longest I have ever worked anywhere in my career. And with the success of the book and plenty of new exciting opportunities knocking on the door … it was finally time to move on. Ogilvy has been an amazingly supportive organization – and I remain a huge fan of the people there and their work. I would hire them in a heartbeat. But for now I am enjoying the excitement of leaving, and choosing to do it without the legendary goodbye.

Instead, I’ll take my cue from the finale of one of the most popular sitcoms in television history: Seinfeld. After their last episode, they shared a highlight reel and then had the cast just walk away as Elaine says “see ya.” That’s how I always imagined leaving anywhere. Nothing long or complicated – just a simple “see ya.”

Sometimes the most exciting experiences in life don’t really need a lot of drama.

  • FruitTravel

    All the best. Wish good luck on your future aassignments :)

  • beley

    Congratulations, Rohit, can’t wait to see where you land next!

  • Lee Reinauer Thrash

    Congratulations, Rohit, and best of luck!

  • Becky Cortino

    Congrats and all the best, Rohit –I look forward to seeing what’s next!

  • Paul F. Bove

    Congrats and best wishes, Rohit. And many many thanks for your great class. I learned a ton from you.

  • Steve Fisher

    Congrats my friend. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to next!

  • Howard Greenstein

    All the best and do let me know what’s next or if I can be of help!

  • Frank Gruber

    Congrats and good luck with your new adventure!

  • Simon Salt

    Exciting times! Whatever the next step I know it will be awesome!

  • Jeannie Walters

    Congratulations and I can’t wait to watch what’s next!

  • Kevin Silverman

    Congrats and best of luck with the new adventure. Always enjoy working with you and hope to again sometime. See you at SXSW I’m sure.

  • Nedra Weinreich

    Congratulations, Rohit! I’m sure wherever you go next you will be incredibly successful.

  • Linda Olatunde

    Congratulations! The next move is sure to be your greatest career adventure! (Linda G’town class summer ’10)

  • Hope Frank

    Congratulations. The Future is Yours to Design.

  • Pallavi Kumar

    Congratulations! I always wondered how you managed to work at an agency and do everything else you do! Very exciting that you get to run your own race:)

  • Patrick Doody

    Congratulations from myself and the entire staff here at Soundview Executive Book Summaries. It was a pleasure working with you back in September – I hope our paths cross again in the future.

  • Susan Emerick

    Wishing you the best in your next chapter! Congratulations

  • Christina Gunn

    Best wishes in your new endeavor!!!

  • Vikrant Bhargava

    Best wishes, all the best for your endeavor..

  • Krishna De

    Good luck Rohit – I am sure your colleagues will miss you. Looking forward to reading about your next chapter :)

  • Roberta Schultz

    Good luck

  • Rosie Taylor

    So excited for you, Rohit. It looks like this was a natural evolution for you and for once, nice guys finish first. Best of luck on your new opportunities!

  • Dave Toole

    Best to you in the next step of your journey.

  • @JohnNosta

    All the best Rohit!!!! Looking forward to finding some common ground in the near future!!!

  • Graham White

    Best wishes Rohit.

  • Kelly Hungerford

    Good luck, Rohit. There is no doubt that whatever you do will be blessed with success! Congratulations!

  • geofflivingston

    Wow, can’t wait to hear what’s next!