Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright Inducted into Advertising Hall of Fame

Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange


The New York Times hosts a reception to celebrate the newest inductees into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Fame. (From L) Hall of Fame member Karl Eller; James Edmund Datri, president and CEO, AAF; Janet Robinson, president and CEO, the New York Times Company; Suzanne Wright, co-founder, Autism Speaks; and Hall of Fame inductee Bob Wright, former chairman & CEO, NBC Universal & vice chairman, GE; co-founder, Autism Speaks; and senior advisor, Lee Equity Partners, LLC.


The American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosted its 60th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 26 at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York City.

Among this year's inductees was co-founder of Autism Speaks, Bob Wright.

Bob was presented with the prestigious award by fellow Autism Speaks board members, Phil Geier, Chairman Emeritus, Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., and Andrew Robertson, President and CEO, BBDO.

Through this induction, the AAF seeks to bestow its highest honor on those who have given significant contributions to the advertising industry along with their personal commitment to society.

Autism Speaks is proud to have the efforts of Bob Wright acknowledged, not only for his professional service, but most importantly for his tireless work which has improved autism awareness through the Ad Council partnership.

Congratulations Bob, for all you have done and continue to do to raise autism awareness through your work at Autism Speaks.


The 2009 Candidates were judged by the following criteria:

Those men and women who have completed their primary careers, who have distinguished themselves in those careers, who have contributed to the betterment of advertising and its reputation and who have made volunteer efforts outside the workplace.

Other 2009 inductees included: Jack Avrett (1929–1997), co-chairman & co-founder, Avrett Free Ginsberg; Charlotte Beers, past chairman, JWT, past Chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather, and undersecretary of state, public diplomacy; Chuck Fruit (1946–2008), former CMO, the Coca-Cola Company; Clarence Holte (1912–1993), former head of special markets, BBDO New York; Don Logan, former chairman, media & communications group, Time Warner Inc.; and William "Bill" Sharp, former VP/advertising manager, Coca-Cola USA, former SVP & general manager, Burrell Advertising, and retired president & founder, Sharp Advertising.


The American Advertising Federation holds their 60th annual Advertising Hall of Fame luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria. (from L) AAF Advertising Hall of Fame Vice Chair Mike Kelly, senior advisor, Veronis Suhler Stevenson; Andrew Robertson, president & CEO, BBDO Worldwide; Hall of Fame inductee Bob Wright, former chairman & CEO, NBC Universal & vice chairman, GE; co-founder, Autism Speaks; and senior advisor, Lee Equity Partners, LLC; Hall of Fame member Philip H. Geier, Jr., chairman emeritus, Interpublic Group and chairman & CEO, the Geier Group; and James Edmund Datri, president & CEO, American Advertising Federation.