NEW YORK: David Bell, 62, co-chairman of the Interpublic Group is retiring, and will become Chairman Emeritus with a consultant relationship with the company, per an Interpublic release.
Said Mr. Bell in the release, "Professionally, I still have as many things on my 'to do' list as on the list of things that I have accomplished."
A 39-year veteran of Interpublic, Bell took leadership positions in an array of progressively larger Interpublic precursors. First, he was CEO at Knox-Reeves, then Chairman and CEO of Bozell, which acquired it. After True North acquired Bozell, he went to that global marketing services company.
True North was acquired by Interpublic in 2001, and Mr. Bell became a Vice Chairman of Interpublic, and Chairman and CEO for a year in 2003.
Among other industry leadership roles, Bell is Past Chairman of The Advertising Council and Co-Chair of its Advisory Committee; Chairman Emeritus of the Advertising Education Foundation and Chairman of PRO-AD PAC, the industry's political action committee. He has also been chairman of the four A's, and of the American Advertising Federation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Primedia, Warnaco and The Partnership for New York.