The aforementioned stint runs until June 2017, at which point, the Y&R Global CEO assumes the role of Board Chair
Y&R Global CEO, David Sable, has been named Vice Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors. Serving alongside Board Chair David Christopher, CMO of AT&T Mobility, and Vice Chair David Kenny, Chairman and CEO of the Weather Company, the stint runs until June 2017, at which point, he assumes the role of Board Chair.
Throughout his tenure with the agency, he has led its pro bono support of several Ad Council initiatives including Digital Literacy, Ebola Aid Awareness, Financial Literacy and the most recent iteration of UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) iconic A Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Waste campaign, which over its history with Y&R, has raised more than $2 billion and helped graduate over 400,000 deserving minority college students.
In 2013, Fast Company named Sable one of the 10 ‘Most Generous Marketing Geniuses.’ In addition to serving on the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s National Board, he was the founding chair of its NY Board. He also serves on NY’s Volunteer State Office of National and Community Service Commission and Cultural Advisory Committee.
Meanwhile, he provides leadership on the UNCF and the Christopher Reeve Foundation boards while involved with the Special Olympics. The Ad Council will continue its ongoing tradition of rotating Board Chairs every year between the organisation’s founding sectors: advertising agencies, media companies and corporate advertisers.
“Sable has always been on the vanguard in the advertising community, and a digital pioneer. His dedication for giving back is exemplary. He and Y&R have been long-time supporters of the Ad Council, lending talent and time to many critical issues facing our country,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council.
Sable was previously the Director-at-Large of the 4As as well as Jury President and Jury member of several Cannes Lions Creativity Festivals. His advertising career began at Y&R, after which he worked at Wells Rich Greene and then co-founded Mimsar, an advertising agency in Israel.
Subsequently, he moved to Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, before returning to Y&R in 1990 to lead the international portion of the Colgate-Palmolive account. While there, he also helped win Y&R’s U.S. Postal Service’s consolidated account, before leaving to pioneer an omni-channel start-up, Genesis Direct. In 2000, he moved to Wunderman, where he spent 10 years as Vice Chairman, before returning again to Y&R.