Gathering at the United Nations Building

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Photography by Scott Gries

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NEW YORK ( -- Advertising Week’s Opening Night Gala at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan (above left) drew a crowd of hundreds. Shelley Lazarus, chairman-CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide (l.), and Ken Kaess, president of DDB Worldwide and co-chair of Advertising Week, grab a minute early on during the festivities.

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Above left: Ron Berger, chief creative officer, Euro RSCG New York and San Francisco and Advertising Week co-chairman (l.), and John Partilla, president, Time Warner Global Marketing (r.), each addressed a packed room and spoke about advertising’s benefits and the various programs that will take place during the week of Sept. 26-30. | Above right: (l. to r.) Advertising Week’s top guns relax for a moment at the U.N.: O. Burtch Drake, CEO, American Association of Advertising Agencies and president-CEO of Advertising Week; Debbie Drake, friend of Ken Kaess; and Mr. Kaess, president of DDB Worldwide and co-chair of Advertising Week.

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Above left: (l. to r.) Peter Minnium, managing director, Interpublic’s Lowe Worldwide; Susan Cantor, CEO, Lowe, New York; and Chris Chard, chief strategic officer, Lowe Worldwide, at the U.N. function. | Above right: Longtime pals Charlie Rutman, CEO, MPG North America (l.), and Marc Goldstein, president-CEO, MindShare North America, caught up at the U.N.

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Above left: Donny Deutsch, chairman, Interpublic’s Deutsch and host of CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” (l.), gives a hug to his newly named CEO and longtime agency executive, Linda Sawyer. | Above right: Brad Brinegar, president-CEO, Havas’ McKinney & Silver, and his public relations executive, Janet Northen, flew in from Durham, N.C., for the fast-paced week.

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