4A's President and CEO Nancy Hill will leave the organization by June 2017 after nine years in the post. The association's board of directors is in talks with MediaLink to spearhead the search for Ms. Hill's successor.
Ms. Hill, who joined the 4A's in 2008, was the first woman to hold the CEO role at the trade group. Prior to the 4A's, she worked at a number of advertising agencies, such as Doner, TBWAChiatDay, Goldberg Moser O'Neill (which became Hill Holliday in 2001) and BBDO.
According to the organization's 990 tax form from 2014, Ms. Hill's total annual compensation was more than $730,000.
Ms. Hill was also at the center of a dispute between 4A's and The Association of National Advertisers, who have been at odds on the issue of media rebates in the U.S.
Following the discrimination lawsuit against WPP and J. Walter Thompson in March, Ms. Hill challenged the industry and agency CEOs to take more action on diversity and gender issues. "If you're the CEO, you are the chief diversity officer," she said at the 4A's annual Transformation conference in Miami.