David Sable, the Global Chief Executive Officer of advertising agency Y&R, has been named Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors. He succeeds Margo Georgiadis, CEO of Mattel.
Sable joined the Ad Council Board of Directors in 2011 and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2013. In his role as Chair of the Board, Sable will chair the Ad Council’s 2017 Annual Public Service Award Dinner, the largest fundraising event for the organization held each fall.
“David Sable’s expertise in the advertising industry and integrated communications is unparalleled and his dedication for giving back has been unwavering,” stated Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “David and Y&R have been long-time supporters of the Ad Council, lending extraordinary talent and time to many critical issues facing our country. We’re thrilled he is taking this leadership role on our Board.”
Throughout his tenure at Y&R, Sable led the agency’s pro bono support of several Ad Council campaigns including Digital Literacy, Ebola Aid Awareness, Financial Literacy and the most recent iteration of UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund’s) iconic A Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Waste campaign, which over its history with Y&R has raised over $2 billion and helped graduate over 400,000 deserving minority students from college.
Stated Sable: “Throughout my career in the industry, the parallel thread and passion for me has been my involvement in the non-profit world. I believe everyone has the capacity to help change the world. The Ad Council plays an extraordinary role in our industry — the organized social conscience of our industry — and it has made a huge and tangible difference to the lives of so many people, across so many sectors of American society.”
The Council rotates the position of Board Chair each year between the organizations’ founding sectors--media companies, agencies and corporate advertisers. Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer at GE, will succeed Sable as Board Chair in July 2018.