Nancy Hill, the president and chief executive of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), is to step down from her role after nine years in the job.
Hill will depart in 2017, and the association’s board of directors has initiated a search to identify her successor and ensure a "smooth transition" by next June.
“The past eight years have been the experience of a lifetime,” said Hill. "It has been a pleasure to help guide the industry through changing times and to bring issues that I am so passionate about to the forefront. The advertising agency business is continually evolving to meet the needs of clients and identify the best new ways to reach consumers. It has been an honor to play a part in shaping the future of an industry I love.”
The marketer, formerly executive vice-president at BBDO worldwide and chief executive of Lowe worldwide's New York office, will focus on consulting following her departure, with plans spend time in Ecuador volunteering and teaching.
Throughout her time as 4A's president, Hill has helped modernise the association and provided guidance to the agency community around transformative issues. She is a well-known gender equality and diversity campaigner, advocating for several industry initiatives by sitting on the board of the Ad Council and AdColor among others.
Next year, the 4A’s will celebrate its 100th anniversary, which it says Hill will be "integral in planning". As president and chief executive, she has also ensured healthy financials for the association that allow it to continue to invest in programs such as the 4A’s Foundation, which backs the education of future multicultural agency and media executives.
“Nancy has incredible passion for the advertising industry; during the past eight years, she has advocated tirelessly for issues—such as gender and diversity—that continue to make the industry better,” said 4A's board chair and Horizon Media founder Bill Koenigsberg.
“Nancy joined with five years of service in mind, but this last March the board again asked her to stay on, extending her contract through June 2017.”