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AAF Announces Inductees into the 2023 Advertising Hall of Fame

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Seven industry luminaries to receive the industry’s most revered distinction with Unilever to be corporate honouree

AAF Announces Inductees into the 2023 Advertising Hall of Fame

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has announced the inductees for its 72nd Class of the Advertising Hall of Fame. Seven individuals, along with Unilever, will be honoured. These honourees were elected by the Advertising Hall of Fame Council of Judges and is the highest distinction in the industry. The announcement was celebrated during the Closing Bell Ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.

This year’s individual honourees include (in alphabetical order):

  • Raúl Alarcón, chairman of the board and CEO, Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Cathie Black, principal, Madison Park Ventures; former chairman and president, Hearst Magazines
  • Louis Carr, president of media sales, Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Antonio J. Lucio, principal and founder, 5S Diversity and former Global CMO at Meta, HP, Visa and PepsiCo
  • Renetta E. McCann, chief inclusion experience officer, Publicis Groupe
  • Aaron M. Walton, CEO, Walton Isaacson
  • John Wren, chairman and CEO, Omnicom Group

Renetta McCann will also be presented with the distinguished David Bell Award for Industry Service, which recognises extraordinary, unique contributions and service to the advertising industry as a whole. The award is named in honour of David Bell (Hall of Fame Class of 2007), a visionary leader and mentor to several generations of advertising professionals.

In addition to these seven industry luminaries, Unilever will be recognised as this year’s corporate honouree. Unilever’s vision is to deliver winning performance by being the global leader in sustainable business. Unilever has a long history of being a progressive, responsible business across the 190 countries it operates in.

Carolyn Everson served as the chair of this year’s distinguished Council of Judges, having previously served as VP of Facebook’s global business group for more than ten years.  Commenting on this year’s inductees, Ms. Everson said, "The AAF Advertising Hall of Fame is the highest honour bestowed by our industry. To date, there have been only 275 individual inductees. Suffice to say, selection is just that – selective. It also reflects the deep appreciation and admiration we have for the selfless service of these illustrious leaders. Our industry would not be where it is today without them.” 

Conny Braams, chief digital and commercial officer, Unilever, said, “It’s a great honour to be inducted into the AAF Advertising Hall of Fame. This recognition reflects the commitment of every single marketer at Unilever to deliver unmissable brand experiences powered by superior products, creativity, innovation, and purpose." 

Induction ceremonies will take place on April 27th, 2023 at Cipriani Wall Street. 

“The Advertising Hall of Fame is the biggest night in advertising,” said Steve Pacheco, president and CEO, American Advertising Federation. “It brings together the nation’s top leaders in American advertising, marketing and media and is another example of how AAF serves as the ‘unifying voice for advertising.’”

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Elvove Associates, Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:34:01 GMT