Nancy Hill is President and CEO of the 4A’s (the American Association of Advertising Agencies). A veteran of 4A’s member agencies on both east and west coasts, Nancy Hill hit the ground running in 2008 when she assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the 4A’s.
During one of the worst economic downturns the advertising industry has ever experienced, Nancy has led the association’s transformation to provide leadership, advocacy and guidance to the advertising community on such issues as talent, compensation and intellectual property ownership. She has personally led the 4A's work on diversity, both in hiring and media buying guidelines.
Additionally, she has been actively engaged as one of the founders of the Digital Advertising Alliance whose efforts on behalf of self-regulation for privacy and online behavioral advertising best practices are now being looked at as the standard to be adopted in many other regions of the world.
Nancy began her career in advertising at Doner/Baltimore in 1983, working primarily on Bell Atlantic Mobile (now Verizon Wireless) where she rose from traffic manager to executive vice president, account director. During her 10 years at Doner, Nancy was actively involved in many of the agency's community efforts including work for Downtown Partnership and Partnership for a Drug Free Maryland.
Next she worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day in both St. Louis and Los Angeles, before moving to San Francisco to lead Goldberg Moser O’Neill, which became Hill | Holliday in 2001. After that she joined BBDO, where she was first president of its San Francisco office and then later promoted to executive vice president and managing director for New York, overseeing several of the agency’s largest accounts. Her most recent position prior to the 4A’s was as Chief Executive Officer at Lowe New York.
Nancy’s background is steeped in technology experience from work with clients like Cisco, Microsoft, LucasArts, Sybase, Sony and Verizon. Honored as a Woman to Watch by Advertising Age in 2008, Nancy has been named by both the Arthritis Foundation and the Girl Scouts of New York as a Woman of Distinction.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Miami Ad School and led the launch of its New York campus. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Partnership at drugfree.org, The Ad Council, The National Advertising Review Council, TORCH, AdColor, The Digital Advertising Alliance, and The Marcus Graham Project, as well serving as CEO of Advertising Week/NY. She is also a Trustee of the University of Mount Union in Ohio.
In addition to numerous speaking engagements throughout the country and internationally, Nancy is an active member of the Board of People Helping People, an organization that builds schools and sponsors children for further education in Otavalo, Ecuador where she has had a home for several years.