David Bell, Executive Committee, served as chief executive officer of two of the world’s largest Advertising Marketing Services holding companies, NYSE-listed True North and Interpublic. He was also CEO of Bozell Worldwide, which he helped grow from modest mid-western roots to a top-ten global agency. When Bozell was acquired by True North, he was named CEO. When True North was acquired by Interpublic, he was named CEO.
David was elected by his peers into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2007. He is the only Industry Executive ever to lead four Industry Groups: the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4’As); the American Advertising Federation (AAF); the Ad Council; and the Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF). In 2013, The Hall of Fame established the David Bell Award to go to one inductee who best has demonstrated this kind of industry service.
After retiring from Interpublic, David set out to create a new kind of Global B2B Agency. Gyro became Ad Age’s Global B2B Agency of the Year and the BMA Global B2B Agency of the Year in 2014-2016.
David was a senior advisor to Google from 2006-2009 and has been in a similar position with AOL/Oath since 2009. He has also served as Chairman of the National Forest Foundation, the Industry’s, PAC, and the Ad Council’s Advisory Committee. He was also a two-time trustee for his Alma mater, Macalester College, which awarded him their Distinguished Citizen Award. He has served on numerous listed company boards, as well as many early and growth stage companies in the marketing and media technology space.