Advertising Hall of Achievement® Class of 2015

Inductees from Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Mindshare, Pepsi Beverages NA, Twitter, Facebook, Deep Focus and Wasserman Media Group


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2015—On November 3, seven young superstars will be inducted into The Advertising Hall of Achievement in Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton. 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 Class of 2015 inductees are: Ricardo Dias, Global Vice President, Consumer Connections, Anheuser-Busch Inbev; Cindy Gustafson, Managing Director, Invention Studio, Mindshare; Seth Kaufman, SVP, Pepsi Trademark & Flavors Portfolio, Pepsi Beverages North America; Joel Lunenfeld, Vice President, Global Brand Strategy, Twitter;Sarah Personette, Director, Global Business Marketing, Facebook; Ian Schafer, Founder & CEO, Deep Focus; and Casey Wasserman, Founder & CEO, Wasserman Media Group.

Schafer 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.

Jeff Levick, Chair of the 2015 Advertising Hall of Achievement and Chief Business Officer of Spotify said, “We had an outstanding group of judges representing all aspects of the industry. Once again, the bar has been 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.This year’s inductees truly exemplify the best and brightest in our industry today,” added Lynn Lewis, Advertising Hall of Achievement Vice Chair and Global Chief Marketing Officer, UM.

The Advertising Hall of Achievement induction ceremonies and luncheon will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, 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 160 members with expertise spanning the entire spectrum of the advertising industry including clients, agencies and media. Last year, over 600 top advertising and business leaders and executives attended the event to celebrate the 2014 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. 

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