NEW YORK, July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the 4A's, the leading trade association representing the advertising agency business, announced that president and CEO Nancy Hill will be stepping down next year. The association's Board of Directors has initiated a search to identify a successor and ensure a smooth transition by June 2017.
Hill will have served in this role for nine years, successfully modernizing the 4A's operations, providing guidance to the agency community on transformative issues and passionately advocating for gender and diversity initiatives throughout the industry. The 4A's Board of Directors, composed of chief executives from member agencies and led by Board Chair Bill Koenigsberg, president, CEO and founder of Horizon Media, is in discussions with MediaLink to lead the search.
"Nancy has incredible passion for the advertising industry; during the past eight years, she has advocated tirelessly for issues—such as gender and diversity—that continue to make the industry better," said Bill Koenigsberg. "Nancy joined with five years of service in mind, but this last March the board again asked her to stay on, extending her contract through June 2017."
Hill is a veteran of advertising agencies across the country including Doner, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Goldberg Moser O'Neill (which became Hill Holliday in 2001) and BBDO. Hill joined the 4A's as president and chief executive officer in 2008, and has since guided the association's transformation to provide leadership, advocacy and guidance to the advertising community on issues including patent trolling, online privacy and interest-based advertising, compensation and talent.
Hill's accomplishments include modernizing the organization to better reflect the community the 4A's serves, expanding the association's skill set by building a media and marketing practice, creating a positive environment that engages diverse employees from various backgrounds and lifestyles and leading the critical discussions around media transparency. Next year, the 4A's will celebrate its 100th anniversary, which Hill will be integral in planning. As president and CEO, she has also ensured healthy financials for the association that allow it to continue to invest in meaningful programs such as the 4A's Foundation, which invests in the education of future multicultural agency and media executives, as well as support industry initiatives such as TAG, DAA and 3MS.
"The past eight years have been the experience of a lifetime," said Hill. "It has been a pleasure to help guide the industry through changing times and to bring issues that I am so passionate about to the forefront. The advertising agency business is continually evolving to meet the needs of clients and identify the best new ways to reach consumers. It has been an honor to play a part in shaping the future of an industry I love."
Following her departure from the 4A's, Hill will focus on consulting and will spend time in Ecuador volunteering and teaching.
About the 4A's
The 4A's is the catalyst for bringing together the right people in the right place at the right time to address the advertising industry's most critical business issues. We provide leadership, advocacy, guidance and community to our members and the industry at large, with proprietary access to the people, information and tools needed to make smarter management decisions. Its mission is to help agencies become more successful. Visit the 4A's at www.aaaa.org.
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