The Ad Council has appointed Diego Scotti as the new chair of its board of directors. The longtime marketing executive is slated to step down from his current role as chief marketing officer and executive VP at Verizon later this year, though it's unclear whether he has another job lined up.
Scotti joined the Ad Council board of directors in 2016, led its diversity task force from 2018 to 2021 and has served as its vice chair since 2020. He succeeds Jacki Kelley, executive VP, chief client officer and chief business officer at IPG, who served the typical chair term of one year. Tara Walpert Levy, VP at YouTube, Americas, and co-vice chair of the Ad Council’s board of directors, will succeed Scotti as chair this time next year.
In his new role, Scotti will work with the Ad Council’s governing body and other leadership to spearhead the communication industry’s efforts to address social issues such as mental health, gun violence and racial justice. The non-profit organization typically creates national campaigns to draw attention to these issues; for example, in April the Ad Council teamed with Amazon for an audio-focused campaign addressing teen mental health.