January 10, 2007

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Advertising Legends to Receive Highest Industry Award

58th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame Inductees Are David Bell, Vincent T. Cullers, Roquel "Billy" Davis, Bruce Gordon, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Stuart B. Upson and Robert Wehling

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2007—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) proudly announces the election of seven industry luminaries into the distinguished Advertising Hall of Fame:

  • David Bell, chairman emeritus, Interpublic Group,for serving as one of advertising's most effective ambassadors and tirelessly leading industry organizations including the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Ad Council, Advertising Educational Foundation, AAF and National Advertising Review Council;
  • Vincent T. Cullers, former president & CEO, Vince Cullers Group (1924–2003),for starting America's first African-American-owned full-service ad agency and essentially launching the multicultural marketing movement;
  • Roquel "Billy" Davis, former music director & SVP, McCann Erickson (1932–2004),for creating song-form commercials including classics such as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," "It's the Real Thing," and "Miller Time";
  • Bruce Gordon, former president, retail markets, Verizon,for establishing one of the most recognized brands in America, and generating $23 billion in annual revenues;
  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, chairman emeritus, The New York Times Company,for his unwavering commitment to quality journalism and thereby providing an effective and attractive environment for readers and advertisers;
  • Stuart B. Upson, chairman emeritus, Saatchi & Saatchi,for perpetually building blue-chip brands including Toyota, Duracell and Wendy's, as well as creating pro bono campaigns such as McGruff the Crime Dog® for the National Crime Prevention Council;
  • Bob Wehling, former global marketing and government relations officer,the Procter & Gamble Company, for building iconic brands such as Crest, Head & Shoulders, Scope and Secret while impacting the industry and society through family-friendly programming, children's issues and education.

The Advertising Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of advertising leaders—from their very significant industry contributions to their personal impact on society. "This year's awards ceremony is a must-attend event, showcasing those who have built our industry and bettered society," said AAF President & CEO Wally Snyder.

The recipients will be formally inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame at an awards luncheon Tuesday, March 20, at New York's Waldorf=Astoria hotel.

The Advertising Hall of Fame was established in 1948 and is composed of 181 advertising legends. They include industry giants such as Bill Bernbach, Leo Burnett, Katharine Graham, Robert L. Johnson, Henry Luce, David Ogilvy, William Paley, Ted Turner and Mary Wells Lawrence. This award is the highest in the industry, honoring those individuals who have significantly raised the standard of advertising excellence. More on the Advertising Hall of Fame and its members can be found at the award-winning Web site www.advertisinghalloffame.org.

The AAF Council of Judges, chaired by Joseph D. Abruzzese, president, advertising sales, Discovery Communications, selected this year's recipients from numerous nominations. Please see below for the entire list of Advertising Hall of Fame judges.

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at www.aaf.org.

2007 Advertising Hall of Fame Council of Judges

Joseph D. Abruzzese, president, advertising sales, Discovery Communications

Tom Bernardin, CEO, Leo Burnett Worldwide
Jerri DeVard, SVP, brand management & marketing communications, Verizon
Phil Dusenberry,* former chairman & chief creative officer, BBDO North America
Chuck Fruit, SVP & chief marketing officer, the Coca-Cola Company
Eugene H. Kummel,* chairman emeritus, McCann Erickson Worldwide
Tim Love, vice chairman, Omnicom Group Inc.
Burt Manning,* chairman emeritus, J. Walter Thompson Company
Al Neuharth,* founder, USA TODAY & the Freedom Forum
Nancy Rabstejnek Nichols, SVP, external affairs, Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Keith Reinhard, chairman emeritus, DDB Worldwide
Janet L. Robinson, president & CEO, The New York Times Company
Mike Shaw, president,; sales & marketing, ABC
Ted Woehrle, VP, marketing, North America, the Procter & Gamble Company

Tim Armstrong, VP, North American sales & operations, Google Inc.
Howard Bell,* president emeritus, AAF
Frank Cooper, VP, marketing CSD Flavors, Pepsi-Cola Company
Robin Domeniconi, president, Time Inc. Media Group
Jack Griffin, president, Meredith Corporation
Jim Hackett, SVP, marketing, Parade Publications
Mike Kelly, president, AOL Media Networks
Pat Martin,* former director of marketing support, Warner-Lambert
Marty Muller, SVP, global marketing – advertising, creative & media, the Walt Disney Company
Jo Muse, chairman & CEO, Muse Communications
Jon Nesvig, president, Fox Sales, EVP, Fox Television, Fox Broadcasting Company

* Advertising Hall of Fame member