The 4A’s acknowledges the passing of former 4A’s Chairman Edward Noonan Ney, who was the former chairman of Y&R.
Mr. Ney first joined Young & Rubicam as an account manager in 1951. At Y&R he rose through the ranks and was named CEO in 1970, a position he held until 1986, when he was named the agency’s Chairman. Concurrent with his three years as Chairman of Y&R, he also served as Vice-Chairman of Paine Webber. Ney was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame in 1988.
In addition to a storied career in advertising, Mr. Ney was active in the Republican Party, serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 1974, and appointed to the board of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty by President Gerald Ford in 1975. He was a trustee of the National Urban League from 1977 to 1986. He chaired the Visiting Committee on Afro-American Studies at Harvard University from 1977 until 1984. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the executive committee of The Grace Commission, where he served until 1986. He became a trustee of the Museum of Television and Radio in 1982, and of the George Bush Presidential Library in 1994.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Mr. Ney as United States Ambassador to Canada. Ambassador Ney presented his credentials on June 30, 1989 and served in Ottawa until June 20, 1992, after which he returned to Young & Rubicam as chairman.
We invite you to read Advertising Age’s tribute to Mr. Ney.