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AD Club Celebrates 117th Annual Meeting of Members

Names Laurel Rossi as New Board Chairman

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Elects Nine New Directors to Board

NEW YORK – July 17, 2013 – The ADVERTISING Club of New York, the industry’s leading professional organization representing the vision and mission of the global advertising community across crafts, welcomes its 60th Chair of the Board of Directors, Laurel Rossi, President of Havas Worldwide Strategy Farm, and nine new board directors.

Rossi has been an active member of The AD Club’s Executive Committee for four years, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President. In 2008, Rossi launched her own agency, Strategy Farm, which was acquired by Havas Worldwide in 2011. Previously, she spent nine years at Hill Holliday, first at the Boston headquarters and then as Managing Director in New York.

Rossi will continue to build on the momentum established by the organization’s outgoing Chair, Beth-Ann Eason, SVP, Digital Development & General Manager of Ziplist at Conde Nast.

The nine new Board Members include: Fabio Freyre, VP, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook; Connie Garrido, President, Posterscope; Dina Gold, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook (serving as The AD Club’s Young Professional President); Kris Magel, EVP/Broadcast, Initiative; Lee Nadler, Marketing Communications Manager, MINI USA; Darryl Nicholson, VP North America Marketing, J&J; Rick Song, EVP/National Digital Sales, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment; Donna Speciale, President, Turner Broadcasting; and Diana Zaccardi, Vice President, Verizon Wireless.

The new 31-member board will help The AD Club usher in its 50th anniversary of The International ANDY Awards in the spring of 2014, and it will lead the organization into the second year of its innovative diversity initiative, I’mPART, which is building a movement around diversity in business and establishing critical benchmarks for the industry.

“Laurel’s contributions to the Club have been enormous and in this role she will galvanize the Board to advocate for advancing, supporting and encouraging best practices that foster diversity of thought, inclusion and innovation in our industry,” said Gina Grillo, President and CEO, The AD Club of New York. “Supported by our new Board and the energy of our membership, The AD Club will continue moving the industry forward in the pursuit of excellence.”

The Board of Directors will work to further develop and extend The AD Club’s core values of access, creativity, diversity and professional development.

Now for the Chairman’s Awards, each year we recognize a select group of individuals who embody the spirit of volunteerism & offer key support across our four pillars. Despite how busy they are, they always offer their time, enthusiasm and talents to The Club, making them invaluable.
Larry Harris, Chief Marketing Officer, Pubmatic
Paul Levine, President, Slightly Mad Communications
Jennifer Skidgel, Global Awards Manager, Leo Burnett Worldwide
Jerry Canning, Industry Director/Financial Services, Google
Connie Garrido, President, Posterscope
Ron Fierman, President & CEO, Digital Pulp
Tanisa Williams, Director Human Resources, American Express Publishing
Evan Spector, Group M/Mindshare

2013 Rising Star acknowledges a young up-and-coming talent that adds vitality to the organization. This year we are pleased to bestow this honor to Hannah Cho, of Havas Worldwide Strat Farm.

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