Ogilvy makes changes among top execs

The Top 10 lobbying shop Ogilvy Government Relations announced a management switch-up on Monday morning.

Wayne Berman and Moses Mercado have been named co-chairmen of the bipartisan firm. Gordon Taylor will serve as president, and Drew Maloney will serve as CEO.

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The firm started as The Federalist Group, an all-Republican lobbying shop, more than a decade ago and has since become a bipartisan firm. The firm took in $5.2 million in the third quarter of 2009, an 18 percent increase from the same quarter last year.

Three partners — Stewart Hall, John Green and Jim Baker — are leaving the firm as part of the transition. The three are part of the nine-member Republican side of the firm.

Hall said that Green will start a new consulting firm, Crossroad Strategies LLC, in 2010. Hall said that both he and Baker will join the firm next year.

The changes are part of Ogilvy's integration into the WPP Company, a worldwide public relations and communications company.  

"We have built one of the best bipartisan firms in government relations," Berman said in a statement. "We are fully committed to expanding our firm to meet the growing demands of legislative and regulatory activity."