Hill Named President-CEO of 4A's

First Female Head of Organization Will Succeed Drake Starting Feb. 1

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- As expected, the American Association of Advertising Agencies today officially named Nancy Hill, formerly of Lowe and BBDO, its next president-CEO.
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Nancy Hill Credit: Ric Kallaher

Ms. Hill, 49, will succeed O. Burtch Drake, who's held the top job since 1994. Ms. Hill will become the first woman to run the 4A's, a 91-year-old organization that has close to 1,200 member agencies.

'The right person'
AdAge first reported Jan. 24 that a selection committee made up of Mr. Drake and a few board members was planning to recommend Ms. Hill to the board. The committee was led by Tony Hopp, chairman of the 4A's board, and included Ron Berger, chief creative officer-CEO, Euro RSCG New York; Tom Carroll, president-CEO, TBWA Worldwide, and vice chairman of the 4A's board; Eric Mower, chairman-CEO, Eric Mower & Associates; and Linda Sawyer, CEO of Deutsch.

Said Mr. Carroll in a press release issued by the association: "Nancy is absolutely the right person to lead the 4A's moving forward, and to help agencies to serve clients in modern, relevant, best-practices ways."

Ms. Hill's appointment is effective Feb. 1. Mr. Drake will retire March 31 the end of the association's fiscal year, following a transition period.
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