Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather – Sri Lanka
In his early 20s Irvin set up his own ad agency. His was a “one man – one room” operation. He had to fight hard to survive in the then environment of a closed economy. Nevertheless, Irvin developed his agency to what it is today – diversified and 200 strong.
The Phoenix Ogilvy portfolio includes some of the largest multinationals such as Singer, Coca-Cola, Shangri-La, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nestle and Perfetti Van Melle, as well as local blue chips. Irvin functioned as the Creative Director of the agency until 1991 while simultaneously functioning as its CEO, and has a number of award-winning campaigns to his credit.
Irvin’s services are much sought after even in areas outside advertising. He served as a Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Non-Governmental Organizations and as a member of the National Information Strategy Coordinating Committee. He is also a visiting lecturer in Mass Communication at the University of Colombo and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
A lover of classical music, Irvin also pursues interests in Agriculture, Environent, Nature, Art and Arachaeology. Occasionally, he finds time to write advertising copy.