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2014 Class of the Advertising Hall of Achievement® Top Young Advertising Talent of the Industry

Inductees from BBDO New York, 360i, Viacom Media Networks, AOL, Sony Pictures, Beats Music and RadioShack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2014 – On November 18, 2014, seven young superstars will be inducted into The Advertising Hall of Achievement. The Hall has long been the gold standard in recognizing the leading young advertising professionals age 40 and under, and is operated by the American Advertising Federation, the same organization which operates the Advertising Hall of Fame.

The inductees of the Class of 2014 are: Lauren Connolly, Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director, BBDO New York; Sarah Hofstetter, CEO, 360i; Ross Martin, Executive Vice President, Scratch, Viacom Media Networks; Erika Nardini, Chief Marketing Officer, AOL Advertising; Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Bozoma Saint John, Global Head of Marketing, Beats Music; and Jennifer S. Warren, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, RadioShack.

Plishner will also be presented with the esteemed Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. Since 1996, this award has recognized an inductee who has demonstrated an exceptionally high commitment to public service and the betterment of both the advertising industry and the larger community.

Jacki Kelley, Chair of the 2014 Advertising Hall of Achievement; CEO North America and President Global Clients of IPG Mediabrands said, “We had an outstanding group of judges representing all aspects of the industry. Many commented that each year the bar is raised for induction – a wonderful indicator of the talent in our industry.”

"It was an extraordinary group of candidates for the Advertising Hall of Achievement this year. The inductees are truly the best and brightest in the industry today," added Jeff Levick, Advertising Hall of Achievement Vice Chair; Chief Business Officer of Spotify.

The Advertising Hall of Achievement induction ceremonies and luncheon will be held at the Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, a city whose creative energy is ideal to the mission of this program – seeking out the industry pioneers and rising talent of the industry. The Advertising Hall of Achievement includes 153 members with expertise spanning the entire spectrum of the advertising industry including clients, agencies and media. Last year, over 500 top advertising and business leaders and executives attended the event to celebrate the 2013 inductees.

“When you see the incredible, transformational accomplishments of this Class of inductees, you can see the amazing impact the advertising industry is having on virtually every part of the social, cultural, economic, and artistic landscape of our world," said AAF President and CEO James Edmund Datri.

Event tickets and sponsorship packages are available. For detailed information, please contact Lisa Rubin, EVP, Events and Corporate Services, at 202-898-0089 or lrubin@aaf.org. For more information on the Advertising Hall of Achievement, visit http://www.aaf.org/ahoa.


About the American Advertising Federation
The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." 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 nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 AAF college chapters with over 5,000 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, the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism, and summer Ad Camps for high school students. For more information on the full range of AAF programming, visit www.aaf.org.