Bob James, the previous Chairman and CEO of McCann Erickson and an Promoting Corridor of Famer, passed away Aug. 29 at age 84. At the moment, Invoice Kolb, the present chairman-CEO of McCann Worldgroup, issued this tribute despatched to company staffers outlining the position James performed in constructing the store.
McCann Worldgroup’s stature at present as a number one world artistic community that companions with the business’s most refined world entrepreneurs is a given. So it’s with nice disappointment that I’m sharing with you that Bob James, a key chief in driving us to this place of worldwide prominence, has handed away. Bob was 84 and lived in Greenwich, Connecticut together with his spouse.
Bob James was a dynamic chief who proved what could possibly be completed when a strong and all-encompassing imaginative and prescient was matched with the self-discipline and keenness to make it a actuality. Bob, who had began his profession on the consumer aspect at P&G and Colgate Palmolive, was heading one other U.S.-focused Interpublic company (one the place he had been named CEO on the age of 38) when he was recruited in 1981 to take over McCann’s U.S. operations as vice chairman.
McCann was then reeling from a significant account loss and, as Enterprise Week declared, “Madison Avenue was taking bets that the company would by no means recuperate.” However due to the vison, tenacity and love of promoting that made Bob an unstoppable chief, we started a rare revitalization and big world growth with many consumer companions. Various accounts have been received within the early Eighties that helped rebuild our world enterprise, together with the return of Nestle as a U.S. consumer and new assignments from different multinationals, reminiscent of Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, and Unilever.
In 1984, Bob was named CEO of McCann-Erickson Worldwide, and he started the reinvigoration of the worldwide company that may double our dimension inside 5 years, lead us to grow to be the primary company within the business with greater than $1 billion in income, and advance us to grow to be the biggest worldwide community within the business’s rankings. Bob expanded our community into new markets, together with these opening in Jap Europe, and centered each on strengthening our native companies in addition to our world consumer relationships. As he strengthened our operations, we then ranked among the many prime 5 companies inside 47 nations and the variety of world purchasers we dealt with in 10-plus nations quadrupled from 10 to 43.
Because the quotation famous when he was elected into the Promoting Corridor of Fame in 2010, he “wager the corporate–on the top of its success–on the assumption that globalization could be the way forward for manufacturers and advertising.”
McCann veterans knew Bob to be powerful and sensible. All the time centered. Demanding however honest to the individuals he labored with, and constant to his mates. He was passionate and aggressive in each his work and his private life. He beloved working with sensible individuals, particularly those that lived giant and thought huge. He was relentless about assembly his personal bold objectives. His motto all through his life was “What one can conceive, one can obtain.”
Bob retired in 1994 and designated John Dooner, the person who based McCann Worldgroup in 1997, as his successor.
Bob served the business as Chairman of the 4A’s, amongst different essential positions. He additionally was energetic as a frontrunner in lots of civic organizations, together with serving as Chairman of the Nationwide Air & Area Museum and Chairman of the President’s Circle of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences. An avid—and fiercely aggressive—sailor, he additionally served as Commodore of The New York Yacht Membership.
In 2020, he based the James Prize in Science and Expertise Integration on the Nationwide Academy of Sciences to acknowledge contributions made by researchers who tailored information from outdoors their very own fields to unravel main modern challenges.
Bob was significantly happy with the power and supreme outcomes of a worldwide management assembly he had convened in 1987 to set the bold development objectives that may be delivered on. Among the many audio system was President Ronald Reagan, then talking from the White Home, who videotaped a message in regards to the traits of management and praising Bob as a part of that speech. As President Reagan mentioned, befitting Bob, “To have the eagerness of a frontrunner is to take the internal drive of competitors and never solely embrace it, however grasp it.”
Please be part of me in sending your solemn ideas and prayers, in addition to our deepest gratitude for his management, to Bob’s household: Anne, his spouse of 53 years; his three kids, Robert, Jr., Victoria Lincoln and Jeffrey; and his seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
We’re right here at present in no small half due to Bob James’ management. Thanks, Bob!!