CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Peter Davis, senior VP-corporate counsel at DraftFCB and parent company Interpublic Group of Cos., has died at age 60 in an apparent accidental drowning related to Chicago's third-worst blizzard on record.
Police received a distress call at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday -- during the height of the storm -- saying that a man had fallen into Diversey Harbor in Lake Michigan. Police searched for nearly five hours before finding Mr. Davis' body early Wednesday morning near Diversey Harbor. An autopsy Thursday revealed Mr. Davis died of drowning, but also suffered from cold exposure and coronary atherosclerosis, according to a local CBS affiliate.
Police said the circumstances of how Mr. Davis wound up in the water were unknown, but a police lieutenant noted he may have fallen into the water after becoming disoriented. Various weather reports said the conditions along the lakefront Tuesday night were very difficult with very low visibility, with extreme wind gusts as the snow fell.
Howard Draft, executive chairman of DraftFCB, and Laurence Boschetto, president-CEO, said in a memo Wednesday to DraftFCB employees: "We are very sad to report that Peter Davis, a good friend and valued colleague, passed away Tuesday night in a tragic accident caused by the heavy snow in Chicago. Peter was the consummate professional who represented our core values of integrity and collaboration. He stood professionally and personally on the line to ensure our company's best interests were always protected. He will be deeply missed by everyone with whom he ever came in contact."
Mr. Davis first started working at the agency in 1995, when it was known as Draft Worldwide, as assistant chief financial officer. He then became senior corporate counsel in 1998. Following the 2006 merger of Draft Worldwide and Foot Cone & Belding, he transferred to parent Interpublic Group of Cos. as senior VP-corporate counsel, continuing to focus on DraftFCB. Mr. Davis was a graduate of Northwestern and received his law degree from Harvard University.
He is survived by his wife. Details of memorial services were not available.