World Out of Home Organization Executive Director John Ellery is to retire in July. WOO President Tom Goddard will take on the additional role of Executive Chairman, heading a team of General Secretary Mark Flys, Marketing and Insight Director Richard Saturley, Event Director Anna Pisano and Data/Insights Manager Heather Wallace.
John Ellery was appointed Executive Director of FEPE International in 2004, which was founded back in 1959 and which preceded WOO.
He started in the OOH industry in 1968 at London + Provincial, becoming a main board director in 1977. He also joined the board of Adshel, a joint venture with More O’Ferrall.
He joined founder Dennis Sullivan at the UK’s first specialist OOH agency Portland Outdoor where he launched its international division. He then joined Poster Publicity, developing their International division of 18 offices, later to become Kinetic. He was awarded FEPE’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 (pictured), sharing the honour with Nancy Fletcher of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA).
If anyone deserves the title of Mr Out of Home it is John, who has seen the industry develop from a local-based niche advertising business into the major global media force Out of Home is today. He has played a pivotal role in this process, combining managerial and entrepreneurial skills with a genuine geniality that has made friends throughout the OOH world.
This capacity to bring people together has played a major part in the creation of an organization that brings together all sides of the industry – media owners, national associations, specialist agencies and supplier partners – unmatched by any other media trade body.
WOO President Tom Goddard says; “Without John there probably would not have been a World Out of Home Organization, at least not one in the robust shape it is today. He has a genuine passion for the industry, un-diminished by over 50 years of unstinting commitment, and his contribution as Executive Director will be much missed.
“We wish him the very best for the future and are delighted he has accepted our invitation, to attend our World Congress next May in Toronto, as special guest..”