David Bell has served as chief executive officer of the industry’s three largest companies: Bozell Worldwide, True North Communications, and Interpublic. He held various positions at Bozell Worldwide that led to his appointment as CEO, where he became a major factor in its growth to a company worth more than $600 million.
Following the acquisition of Bozell by True North, Mr. Bell was named CEO of the fourth-largest Agency Holding Group. Following the acquisition of True North by the Interpublic Group, he was named CEO.
Mr. Bell is the only industry executive to lead all four industry associations. His peers, who elected him to the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2007, recognized these achievements. Mr. Bell was a senior advisor to Google from 2006 to 2009 and is currently a senior advisor to AOL. He is also the chairman of gyro, a worldwide advertising agency, and holds board positions with Creative Realities, Double Verify, Resonate Networks, dstillery, and Time Inc.
Previously, Mr. Bell was the chairman of the American Associations of Advertising Agencies (4As), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) and the Ad Council. Additionally, he is the immediate past chairman of the National Forest Foundation, the AD industry PAC, and the current co-chair of the Ad Council Advisory Committee.