EVP, Government Relations
|Dick O'Brien presently serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations for the 4A's and is based in Washington, DC. In this role since 2001, he is the 4A's principal representative to the White House, Congress and regulatory agencies. |
Since joining the 4A's, Dick has led the fight to successfully preserve the tax deductibility of prescription drug advertising (which came under direct assault in the crafting of the health care reform bill of 2009). He has also worked at preventing the expansion of Federal Trade Commission regulatory authority over the advertising industry (which came under serious consideration in the crafting of the financial reform bill of 2010).
Dick is presently at the helm of the 4A's efforts against unwarranted government regulation of on-line behavioral advertising and of food/beverage advertising to children. In these two undertakings, he sits on the Boards of the Digital Advertising Alliance and the Alliance for American Advertising—two multi-association coalitions dedicated to protecting on-line behavioral advertising and food/beverage advertising to children respectively.
Dick has also worked in advertising at a succession of increasingly responsible account management roles, first at Grey Advertising and later at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. During his tenure at Saatchi, he was named Vice Chairman, Director of Worldwide Client Service, Worldwide Account Director for Procter & Gamble, and Director of Global Business Development, in addition to sitting on their Board of Directors.
On a volunteer basis, Dick has served for the past 12 years as the Secretary/Treasurer of PRO-AD PAC, the extended advertising community's political action committee.
Dick is also an ardent supporter of Special Olympics on whose Board he sat from its inception through its first fifteen years. He also served as Executive Vice President of the Washington, DC-based Special Olympics.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College, an MA from Indiana University, and an MBA from Columbia University.