4A’s Reveals 100 People Who Make Advertising Great

Honor Celebrates 100 Ad Professionals Impacting Advertising Today and Shaping the Future

NEW YORK—July 24, 2017—Today, the 4A’s, the leading trade association representing the advertising agency business, announced the advertising professionals who it will honor as 100 People Who Make Advertising Great. This 4A’s 100th anniversary initiative recognizes a diverse and distinguished group across all levels and disciplines.

Honorees were nominated by peers, associates and colleagues through an online submission process that was open to all U.S.-based employees of advertising agencies and industry associations. The final 100 were selected from several hundred nominations of both established leaders and rising stars and were determined by a diverse panel of 13 industry players who represent a range of discipline and experience.

Beginning today and lasting through September, 100 People Who Make Advertising Great will be featured in a series of Adweek issues.

“The list represents individuals who go above and beyond to make a difference in the advertising industry—from creating great work to inspiring others to achieve greatness,” said Marla Kaplowitz, president and CEO of the 4A’s. “It was important that, as part of celebrating our first 100 years, that we also look to the future, especially when it comes to talent and diversity.”

To that end, 4A’s is donating proceeds generated by its various anniversary programs and events to the 4A’s Foundation, a 501C(3) that administers talent and inclusion programs that fuel the diversity pipeline in the ad industry, including Multicultural Advertising Internship Program and  high school program.

In partnership with Advertising Week, the honorees will be fêted at the 4A’s 100th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 27 at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will feature Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show.”

The honorees are (in alphabetical order):

  • Justin Adu, associate creative director of digital and social media, Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA)
  • Joe Alexander, chief creative officer, The Martin Agency
  • David Angelo, founder and chairman, David&Goliath
  • Nilesh Ashra, director of creative technology, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Madonna Badger, founder and chief creative officer, Badger & Winters
  • Marianne Bellorín, strategist, Co:Collective
  • Bennett D. Bennett, copywriter, BBDO
  • Winston Binch, chief digital officer, Deutsch North America
  • Kathleen Brookbanks, chief operating officer, Hearts & Science
  • MT Carney, founder and CEO, Untitled Worldwide
  • Ben Casey, CEO, Spinifex Group
  • Jezzika Chung, junior copywriter, TBWA\Media Arts Lab
  • Wendy Clark, president and CEO, DDB North America
  • Lee Clow, chairman, TBWA\Media Arts Lab; director of media arts, TBWA\Worldwide
  • Jon Cook, global CEO, VML
  • Ed Cotton, chief strategy officer, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
  • Susan Credle, global chief creative officer, FCB
  • Coltrane Curtis, founder and managing partner, Team Epiphany
  • Harris Diamond, chairman and CEO, McCann Worldgroup
  • Richard Edelman, president and CEO, Edelman
  • Esther Fabian, senior account executive, Hart Associates
  • Jean Freeman, principal and CEO, Zambezi
  • Christine Fruechte, CEO, Colle+McVoy
  • Jeff Goodby, co-chairman and partner, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
  • Kat Gordon, founder, The 3% Conference
  • Irwin Gotlieb, global chairman, GroupM
  • Chloe Gottlieb, EVP, chief creative officer, R/GA U.S.
  • Gerry Graf, founder and chief creative officer, Barton F. Graf
  • Andrew Graff, CEO, Allen & Gerritsen
  • Bob Greenberg, founder, chairman and CEO, R/GA
  • Gina Grillo, president and CEO, The Advertising Club of New York
  • Tali Gumbiner, senior copywriter, McCann NY
  • Jason Harris, president and CEO, Mekanism
  • Vita Harris, chief strategy officer, FCB
  • Carla Hendra, chairman, OgilvyRED
  • Susan Hoffman, chief creative officer, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Sarah Hofstetter, CEO, 360i
  • Michael Houston, global president, Grey Group; CEO, Grey North America
  • Kavon Johnson, art director, Anomaly; founder, The Good Taste Company; founder, The Distance Co.
  • Christian Juhl, global CEO, Essence
  • Bryan Kennedy, CEO, Epsilon/Conversant
  • Bill Koenigsberg, president, founder and CEO, Horizon Media
  • Patricia Korth-McDonnell, president, Huge
  • Dan LaCivita, CEO, Firstborn
  • Nick Law, vice chairman and global chief creative officer, R/GA
  • Michael Lebowitz, founder and CEO, Big Spaceship
  • Colleen Leddy, head of communications strategy, Droga5
  • Krystle Loyland, co-founder and CEO, Preacher
  • David Lubars, chief creative officer , BBDO Worldwide; chairman, BBDO North America
  • Renetta McCann, chief talent officer, Leo Burnett USA and Publicis Communications North America
  • Jessica McGlory, associate director and paid social lead, Engine Media Group; founder, Forecastr
  • Joaquín Mollá, co-founder and chief creative officer, the community/la comunidad
  • José Mollá, co-founder and chief creative officer, the community/la comunidad
  • Jessica Monsey, director of client services, Wieden+Kennedy
  • John Montgomery, EVP, global brand safety, GroupM
  • Donna Murphy, CEO, Havas Health & You
  • Carter Murray, worldwide CEO, FCB Global
  • Jenny Nicholson, group creative director, McKinney
  • Jason Norcross, partner, executive creative director, 72andSunny
  • Rob Norman, chief digital officer, GroupM Worldwide; chairman, GroupM North America
  • Juan Carlos Pagan, co-founder and creative director, Sunday Afternoon
  • PJ Pereira, chief creative officer and co-founder, Pereira & O’Dell
  • Emely Perez, senior designer, J. Walter Thompson New York
  • Candace Queen, founder, Hansberry Group; founder, Blacks In Advertising; creator-in-chief, meroë & co.; senior designer and art director, SapientRazorfish
  • Saneel Radia, global head of business transformation, R/GA
  • Rob Reilly, global creative chairman, McCann Worldgroup
  • Keith Reinhard, chairman emeritus, DDB Worldwide
  • Stan Richards, founder and creative director, The Richards Group
  • Amanda Richman, president of investment, Starcom USA
  • Andrew Robertson, president and CEO, BBDO Worldwide
  • Brandon Rochon, managing chief creative officer, Kastner & Partners
  • Rosemarie Ryan, co-CEO and co-founder, Co:Collective
  • David Sable, global CEO, Y&R
  • Ian Schafer, founder and CEO, Deep Focus; chief experience officer, The Engine Group
  • John Seifert, worldwide chairman and CEO, Ogilvy & Mather
  • Aaron Shapiro, CEO, Huge
  • Rich Silverstein, co-chairman and partner, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
  • Lincoln Stephens, co-founder and CEO, Marcus Graham Project; national account director and Dallas office lead, Walton Isaacson
  • Andrew Swinand, CEO, Leo Burnett North America
  • Elayna Tekle, brand director, Hearts&Science
  • Keni Thacker, senior event technology specialist, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide; program creator, J. Walter Thompson New York Young Commodores
  • Brandon Thornton, brand strategy director, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Jessica Toye, art director, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide
  • Debbi Vandeven, global chief creative officer, VML
  • Christopher Vega, creative resident and copywriter, BBDO
  • Paul Venables, founder and chairman, Venables Bell & Partners
  • Chris Villanueva, copywriter, DigitasLBi
  • Anita Walsh, director of social strategy, Horizon Media
  • Aaron Walton, founding partner, Walton Isaacson
  • Richard Ward, president and CEO, 22squared
  • Tiffany R. Warren, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Omnicom Group; founder and president, ADCOLOR
  • Sarah Watson, chairman, BBH NY; global chief strategy officer, BBH
  • Taras Wayner, co-chief creative officer, R/GA U.S.
  • Christopher Weil, CEO and chairman, Momentum Worldwide
  • Lisa Weinstein, CEO, Engine Media Group
  • Ari Weiss, chief creative officer, DDB Worldwide, North America
  • Lizzie Wilson, senior art director, McCann New York
  • Leslie Wingo, president and CEO, Sanders\Wingo
  • Leo Wong, account manager, Droga5
  • Tracy Wong, chairman and executive creative director, WongDoody

To purchase tickets to the 4A’s 100th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser, please visit: http://www.aaaa.org/event/4as-100th-anniversary-gala-fundraiser/.

For information on sponsorship, contact Alison Fahey at afahey@aaaa.org.

About the 4A’s
The 4A’s, founded in 1917, is the leading authority representing the marketing communications agency business. It provides leadership, advocacy and training that empower agencies to innovate, evolve and grow. It serves 740 member agencies across 1,400 offices that control more than 85 percent of total U.S. advertising spend. The 4A’s is committed to protecting the best interests of its members, their employees and the industry at large. Its Benefits division insures more than 164,000 agency professionals, and the D.C. office advocates for policies that best support a thriving advertising industry. With its best-in-class learning and career development programs, 4A’s and its Foundation fuel a robust diversity pipeline of talent for its members and the marketing and media industry, fostering the next generation of leaders. For more information, please visit www.aaaa.org.

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