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What's on Your Desk, David Sable?

Y&R's New CEO Decidedly Not a Minimalist

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For David Sable, it's always been about coming back to Y&R.

He got his start at the shop when he joined its training program in 1976, but soon left to check out what was going on at Wells Rich Greene, and to co-found Israeli agency Mimsar-Arielly. When he came back to the U.S., Mr. Sable decided to get up to speed on the PR side of the business at WPP brands Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe before rejoining Y&R to lead the U.S. Postal Service Account. He then left for direct- and digital-marketing agency Wunderman, where he spent a decade, before returning to Y&R for a third time earlier this year, to become its global CEO. And with him came boxes and boxes of items (to the chagrin of his assistants) that are must-haves in his office.

Mr. Sable seemed a fitting pick for our "What's on Your Desk" feature, not only because of his flair for decorating his space with lots of baubles, each telling a little story, but also because his shop figured into the last time we did this feature a few months ago.

When we asked the worldwide CEO of Omnicom Group-owned media agency OMD, Mainardo de Nardis, to have a peek into his office, among the things displayed on his desk were a certificate from a Y&R Advertising Skills Course he took as a newbie in the business. "You'd be surprised how many of those skills are still relevant 30 years later," he said.

Here, find out why the chief of Y&R has a thing for pirates and leather jackets. And stay tuned for more from Ad Age on how people's workspaces make them tick.

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