The Advertising Federation of America (AAF) will induct eight people into the Advertising Hall of Fame, and IBM will be inducted as a company honoree in a ceremony dubbed ‘advertising’s greatest night’ on Tuesday. April 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
The list of individual winners consists of Annie Leibovitz, acclaimed photographer; Nina DiSesa, former President and Chief Creative Officer, McCann; Richard Edelman, CEO, Edelman; Judy McGrath, former president and CEO of MTV Networks; Wenda Harris Millard, Vice President, MediaLink; J. Melvin Muse, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Muse Communications; Andrew Robertson, President and CEO, BBDO Worldwide; and Michael I. Roth, retired chairman and CEO, The Interpublic Group.
Collectively, the honorees represent the Advertising Hall of Fame’s 71st class. The winners are selected by the AAF’s Board of Judges and are one of the most revered honors in the industry.
“The Hall of Fame is made up of true pioneers who have made profound contributions to advertising and to our communities,” said Carter Murray, Chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame’s Board of Judges. “Their innovative thinking and creativity will continue to influence our industry for generations to come, and it is a true honor to be able to recognize these legends and honor their outstanding achievements.”
Leibovitz will receive the President’s Award for Lifetime Contributions to Advertising from Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue; Global Editorial Director, Vogue; Chief Content Officer, Conde Nast. This distinction is given to an individual whose career is not primarily in advertising, but who nevertheless has proven to have had a significant impact on the industry. The President’s Award is awarded at the discretion of the AAF Board of Judges; the last recipient was actor Robert De Niro in 2017.
Harris Millard will also receive the distinguished David Bell Award for Industry Service, which recognizes extraordinary and unique contributions and service to the advertising industry as a whole. The award is named in honor of David Bell (Hall of Fame Class of 2007), a visionary leader and mentor to several generations of advertising professionals.
IBM will be inducted as the company’s honoree, just the 11th company to receive this distinct accolade. As one of the world’s most valuable and universally recognized brands, IBM continues to stay at the forefront of cutting-edge ideas and innovations in advertising while providing new opportunities for informed, decision-making. by billions of data sources and made possible by AI technology.
The 2023 Advertising Hall of Fame inductees will be revealed later in the year. Carolyn Everson will serve as Chair of the Judicial Council.