The AD Club of New York Names Carl Fremont as New Board Chairman

Elects Five New Directors to Board and Recognizes 2015 President's Award Recipients

Jul 22, 2015, 09:00 ET from The ADVERTISING Club of New York

NEW YORK, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The ADVERTISING Club of New York, the industry's leading professional organization representing the vision and mission of the global advertising community across crafts, welcomed new Chairman of the Board Carl Fremont, Global Chief Digital Officer at MEC Global, along with five new members to the Board of Directors at its 119thAnnual Meeting of Members. The event took place at The Skylark in New York on July 21st.

Fremont has been an active and influential member of The AD Club's executive committee for six years, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President. After spending over a decade at Digitas, Fremont was appointed Chief Digital Officer at MEC Global where he oversees the growth and innovation of its digital business encompassing social, mobile, programmatic, search and all forms of content. He will continue to build on The AD Club's momentum established by outgoing Chair, Laurel Rossi, President of Havas Worldwide Strategy Farm.

"I believe the AD Club is an industry best-kept secret," Fremont said. "Given its diverse membership and key initiatives, it is a platform for every sector of our business. I have been a friend and supporter of the Club and its mission for years now and it is a truly humbling and incredible honor to become the new Chairman of this impressive Board. I am eager to continue pushing the needle forward for diversity awareness, creative excellence and talent development within the Club's membership and the industry at large."

The five new Board Members include:

  • Colleen DeCourcy, Partner, Global Co-Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Elyssa Gray, Director of Creative & Media, CITI North America
  • Seth Dallaire, VP Global Advertising Sales, Amazon Media Group
  • Tricia Nichols, Global Lead, Consumer Engagement, GAP
  • Katie Willoth, Communications Manager, Unilever

In the past year, The AD Club has made huge strides in galvanizing the industry around original content, events and initiatives that place a major focus on the organization's core values – creativity, access, diversity and professional development. With Fremont at the helm, the Club will continue the momentum of its diversity initiative i'mPART to raise awareness of the benefits of diversity in business.

The 2015 Director Inductees include:

  • Mari Kim Novak, Chief Marketing Officer, Rubicon Project (SVP)
  • Rick Song, Global Head of Media Solutions Sales, Zefr (VP)
  • Lee Nadler, Marketing Communications Manager, MINI USA (VP)
  • Marie Devlin, SVP/Advertising, Media & Sponsorships, American Express (Treasurer)
  • Laurel Rossi, President, Havas Worldwide Strat Farm and Havas Health & Wellness (Chairman Emeritus)
  • Joanne Davis, President, Joanne Davis Consulting
  • Michael Duda, Managing Partner, Consigliere Brand Capital
  • Lori Erdos, Publisher, Media/Business Development, Smithsonian Media
  • Brad Elders, GM of Partner Studio by AOL
  • Eliza Esquivel, VP Global Brand Strategy, Mondelez International
  • Scott Falzone, Industry Director/Retail, Google
  • Olivia Farr, EVP, Senior Director, BBDO
  • Wright Ferguson, Jr., President USA, AdForum
  • Ron Fierman, President, Digital Pulp
  • Heide Gardner, SVP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Interpublic Group
  • Connie Garrido, Partner, EnPlay Media/Strategic Advisor, CGC Advisory Group
  • Brad Jakeman, President, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo
  • Deleela Jones, Director, Industry Marketing, Pandora Music
  • David Lawenda, VP Global Marketing Solutions, US, Facebook
  • Kris Magel, Chief Investment Officer, Initiative
  • Lauren Newman, Vice President, Corporate Sales East, Time Inc.
  • Ian Parmiter, SVP, Integrated Ad Sales Marketing, Discovery
  • Audrey Siegel, Managing Partner, Assembly
  • Diana Zaccardi, VP Supply Chain Management, Verizon.

The AD Club also recognized recipients of the 2015 President's Award, which is granted to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding volunteerism and commitment to the Club. This year's recipients include:

  • Davis & Gilbert LLP
  • Kathleen Ehresman, Senior Partner, Associate Director, Print, GroupM
  • Brad Elders, GM of Partner Studio by AOL
  • Eliza Esquivel, VP Global Brand Strategy, Mondelez International
  • Elaina Haskos, Global Awards Manager, TBWA\Worldwide
  • Diana Hay, Executive Assistant to Colleen DeCourcy and Susan Hoffman, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Luke Luckett, Industry Relations Consultant, Projectize Media
  • Lauren Newman, Vice President, Corporate Sales East, Time Inc.
  • Olu Gbenga Obafemi, Founder, Creative Culturalist
  • Mike Sallette, Product Marketing, Amazon Media Group
  • Jay Shaw, Market Analyst / Data Storyteller, Shaw BusinessBuilders
  • Dave Sosson, Sr. Account Executive, National Sales, Tribune Publishing
  • Christin Spagnoli, Brand Manager, Wieden+Kennedy
  • David Szahun, Director, US Media, American Express
  • Julie Triolo, Head of Business Marketing, Media and Sponsorships, Yahoo
  • Joani Wardwell, Global Director Public Relations, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Todd Wiseman, Co-Founder and President of Man With a Cam and Hayden 5

The Club's 2015 Rising Star Award was given to Jessalin Lam, Assistant Marketing and Promotions Manager, ShermansTravel Media.

"We are extremely grateful to have a membership of dedicated, creative and diverse leaders who uphold the spirit of volunteering and provide support across the Club's key programs and initiatives," said Gina Grillo, President and CEO of The ADVERTISING Club of New York and the International ANDY Awards. "With Carl as Chairman, I'm confident that we will continue to create a positive impact within our community."

About The ADVERTISING Club of New York:

The ADVERTISING Club of New York is the advertising industry's leading organization, providing members access to a network of thought leaders, the fuel for creativity, greater diversity, and the best training for professional development. The AD Club represents the vision and mission of a vibrant international advertising community across crafts, uniting professionals around a shared experience and passion in the name of exchanging ideas and best practices for business. The AD Club is the facilitating sponsor of the International ANDY Awards, (, celebrating its 50th year of recognizing outstanding creative achievement in advertising in