The ADVERTISING Club of New York Honors PepsiCo's Brad Jakeman As 2015 Advertising Person of the Year

Jul 31, 2015, 10:05 ET from The ADVERTISING Club of New York

NEW YORK, July 31, 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, honored Brad Jakeman, President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group, as its 2015 Advertising Person of the Year at a celebratory cocktail event on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Sponsored by Yahoo, the event took place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in New York City's Chelsea Piers.

Each year, The ADVERTISING Club of New York recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the advertising industry with the Advertising Person of the Year Award and celebrates the recipient at its annual reception. Established in 1959 by The American Advertising Federation, recipients are those who have made successful contributions to his or her organization, who have shown a consistent, high degree of creative ability, who have worked to raise the standards of the advertising profession, and who dedicate time and energy in areas of social concern.

This year's honoree Brad Jakeman is a highly respected force in the advertising and marketing community and widely regarded for his ability to drive powerful and engaging brands through innovative, creative and consumer-centric programs and platforms. Over the past ten years, Jakeman's work has accumulated more than 200 awards, including an Emmy for the "Live Richly" brand platform while at CitiGroup.

"For years, Brad has driven the success of iconic brands. He represents bravery, creativity and innovation, impacting pop culture and entertainment across all verticals and breaking boundaries between the marketing community and the rest of the world. Brad has a passion that cannot be duplicated, and he is truly deserving of this honor," said Gina Grillo, President & CEO of The ADVERTISING Club of New York/Int'l ANDY Awards.

Currently Jakeman serves as President, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group where he pioneers global strategy, brand building, innovation, productivity and processes for PepsiCo's global portfolio of beverages and brands including Pepsi, 7UP, Mountain Dew and Mirinda, among others.

Before joining PepsiCo, Jakeman served as Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer & Chief Marketing Officer for Activision Blizzard Inc., the world's largest videogame and interactive entertainment company. There, Jakeman spearheaded the marketing efforts for Guitar Hero and Call of Duty, the latter yielding the largest entertainment launch in history – garnering over $600M in sales in only four days of release. He also served as Executive Vice President for Marketing at Macy's Inc. and helped create the retailer's first national brand campaign by partnering with Martha Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Emeril Lagasse, Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons, Usher, Sean (P. Diddy) Combs and Marc Ecko.  In addition, Jakeman serves on The AD Club's Board of Directors.

Jakeman joins a prestigious list of recipients as the AD Club's Advertising Person of the Year including:

  • Steve Pacheco, Director of Sponsorship Marketing, FedEx Services, and 2013 Advertising Person of the Year who presented this year's award;
  • Dana Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, Mondelez International (2014);
  • Esther Lee, now EVP, Global CMO at MetLife, & Charlene Lake, SVP, Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer from AT&T (2012);
  • Lisa Cochrane, SVP of Marketing at Allstate (2011); among many others.

Also during the ceremony, Sunny Xu, an undergraduate student from the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, CUNY, received the $5,000 Brad Jakeman Scholarship. Sunny has a number of well-rounded accomplishments on top of her high academic achievements and impressive professional internship experience. She has tremendous drive to bring Asian talent into the advertising field.

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About The ADVERTISING Club of New York
The ADVERTISING Club is the premier organization for all advertising and marketing professionals in New York. Founded in 1896, the AD Club offers its members a forum to exchange ideas, make connections and honor excellence. The Club's Foundation provides students numerous educational outreach programs that give back to build a stronger and more diverse advertising and marketing community. The Club is the facilitating sponsor of the International ANDY Awards, which acknowledge outstanding creative achievement around the world in the field of advertising.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit

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