AAF Announces New Board Leadership

Jim Norton of AOL Elected Chair, David Messinger of CAA Marketing Elected Vice Chair


WASHINGTON, D.C., Jun. 12, 2015—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) today announced its new Board leadership, elected at its annual conference in Las Vegas on June 12, who will serve during the 2015-2016 year, beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016:Jim Norton,Global Head of Media Sales, AOL, is the new Chair of the Federation; David Messinger, Co-Head, CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency, is the new Vice Chair of the Federation; Andy Narrai, Chief Marketing Officer at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., will continue as National Treasurer; Geri Wang, President, ABC Sales, at The Disney/ABC Television Group, will continue in her role as Assistant Treasurer; and Kim Kelleher, Chief Revenue Officer + Publisher / WIRED, Condé Nast, will continue in her role as Secretary of the Board, along with Assistant Secretary Daryl Evans, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Media and Advertising Strategy for MediaLink.

New Members of the Board are: Danielle Austen, Managing Partner at Team Ignition;Brandon Cooke, Global Chief Marketing Officer at mcgarrybowen; Carter Murray, Worldwide CEO of FCB; Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s; and Liz Ross.

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

"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 unprecedented change, and leadership now, and in the future, will be key to succeeding in this rapidly changing environment. The AAF's focus on recognizing and fostering new talent—including through its over 200 college chapters, one of the best sources of diverse, tech-savvy advertising talent—must be a critical focus for the entire industry," said Norton.

“The American Advertising Federation brings together the current and future leaders of our business, from corporate marketers and marketing agencies to media companies and beyond, and I look forward to working with Jim to help to drive innovation and growth for the industry on behalf of our members across the country," said Messinger.

“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.