Endurance challenge

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John J. Dooner's three-year stint was certainly shorter than his predecessor's. Philip H. Geier headed the holding company for 20 years, the longest tenure of any of his peers. WPP's Martin Sorrell is next, with 18 years.

WPP

Martin Sorrell

1985-present

Chief executive

Interpublic

David Bell

Feb. 27, 2003

Interpublic chmn & CEO

John J. Dooner Jr.

Dec. 2000-Feb. 2003

Chmn, pres & CEO

Philip H. Geier Jr.

Jan. 1980- Dec. 2000

Chmn & CEO

Paul Foley

Jan. 1971- 1973,CEO

Jan. 1973- 1980

Chmn & CEO

Robert Healy

1967-1971

CEO

Marion Harper

1960-1967

CEO

Omnicom

John Wren

1996-present*

Pres & CEO

Bruce Crawford

1989-1996 pres & CEO

1996-Present chmn

Allen Rosenshine

Jan. 1986-Jan. 1989

CEO

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