September 15, 2008

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Veronica Webb Announced as Master of Ceremonies for 2008 Diversity Achievement and Mosaic Awards


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Journalist, model and television personality Veronica Webb will be the master of ceremonies for the 2008 Diversity Achievement and Mosaic Awards. Since capitalizing on her fame as the first African-American woman to sign a major cosmetics contract, Webb has continued to leave an impressive mark on a wide landscape of ventures, including acting, journalism and television.

"I am thrilled to have Veronica as our master of ceremonies for this year's program," said Wally Snyder, president and CEO, American Advertising Federation. "As an African-American woman who has achieved great success in many markets and endeavors, she truly embodies the spirit of the Mosaic program, which honors such innovation in multicultural marketing and advertising."

Webb has contributed to many of the world's most prestigious magazines and newspapers. She is editor-at-large of Interview magazine and was a monthly columnist for Paper for five years. She wrote a weekly column on American culture in Panorama, Italy's popular weekly news magazine, and has been a contributing writer for Details, Esquire, Elle, The London Sunday Times and The New York Times Syndicate. In 2007, Webb co-hosted Tim Gunn's Guide to Style on Bravo and has hosted programs for MTV, VH1, E! Entertainment, People magazine's on-air specials, Fashion Television and Fox Entertainment. She has also anchored Vogue's syndicated show Trend Watch and has been a correspondent for HBO Entertainment News, Good Morning America and the BBC.

In 1991, Webb made her feature film debut in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. Her film credits include Animal Husbandry, The Big Tease and Spike Lee's Malcolm X. She has also been featured in a recurring role on the television show Damon and has appeared on Just Shoot Me and Clueless. The AAF's Diversity Achievement and Mosaic Awards will take place at the New York Athletic Club, September 24, 2008, during Advertising Week New York. The AAF hosted its first Mosaic Awards & Forum program in 2001 to recognize successful multicultural marketing and diversity efforts. In 2004, the AAF and its District Two joined forces to present the Diversity Achievement and Mosaic Awards & Forum.

For more information, please contact Tricia Ward at tward@aaf.org or (202) 898-0089.

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at www.aaf.org.