FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AAF Announces New Board Leadership:
Wendy Clark elected Chair, Rich Stoddart elected Vice Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2013) – The American Advertising Federation (AAF) today announced its new Board leadership, elected at its annual conference in Phoenix on June 7, who will serve during the 2013-2014 year, beginning today through June 30, 2014: Wendy Clark, Senior Vice President, Global Sparkling Brand Center, The Coca-Cola Company, is the new Chair of the Federation; Rich Stoddart, President, North America, Leo Burnett, is the new Vice Chair of the Federation; Andy Narrai, President & Partner at the Trefoil Group, will continue as National Treasurer; Geri Wang, President, ABC Sales, at The Disney/ABC Television Group, is the new Assistant Treasurer; and Greg D’Alba, President, CNN News Networks & Turner Digital Ad Sales and Marketing at Turner Broadcasting, will continue in his role as Secretary of the Board, along with Assistant Secretary James N. Norton, Head of Sales, AOL.

A full list of the new and returning AAF Board officers and members can be found here.

"I'm very excited about chairing the American Advertising Federation during such a dynamic time in its over 100-year history. The industry is in a period of enormous change, and talent is key to succeeding in this rapidly changing environment. The AAF's focus on fostering, identifying, and recognizing talent -- including through its over 200 college chapters, one of the best sources of new tech-savvy advertising talent -- must be a critical focus for the entire industry," said Clark.

"We have exciting plans for the year ahead, and I'm looking forward to working with Wendy to further harness what's so special about the American Advertising Federation -- advertisers, agencies, and media under one umbrella, along with tens of thousands of individual members and student members across the nation -- to forward the interests of our industry in new and innovative ways," said Stoddart.

Immediate Past AAF Chairman of the Board John Osborn, President & CEO of BBDO New York, commented, “Under the leadership of both Wendy and Rich, with their combined energy, strategic savvy and determination to promote the industry, I have no doubt the AAF will be in good hands.”

“The AAF is very fortunate to have such an amazing team of industry leaders in these important posts,” said AAF President & CEO James Edmund Datri.


About the American Advertising Federation

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Advertising Federation is the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry. It acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF also has 15 district operations, each located in and representing a different region of the nation. The AAF’s membership is comprised of nearly 100 blue chip corporate members comprising the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of 200 local federations, representing 40,000 advertising professionals, located in ad communities across the country; and 220 AAF college chapters, with over 6,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives including the Advertising Hall of Fame, The American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, and the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism. For more information on the full range of AAF programming, visit www.aaf.org.

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