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Mr. Walter J. O'Brien Jr.

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Board Member

Phone: (804) ***-****  HQ Phone
Richmond Symphony
STE 401, 612 E GRACE ST
RICHMOND, Virginia 23219
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The Symphony has been a member of the Andrew W. Mellon...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Marquette University
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Non-Profit Board of Directors | Better Housing Coalition Board | Better Housing Coalition
www.betterhousingcoalition.org, 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
Walter J. O'Brien, Jr.
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Wally O'Brien retired and moved from New York to Richmond. He is a Director on the Boards of the Richmond Symphony and the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond and has close ties with the University of Richmond. He had a distinguished career in the communications industry, primarily at J. Walter Thompson (JWT), as a strategic thinker and builder of successful brands. Wally's career at JWT lead him to be a member of their worldwide Board of Directors, working with over 40 corporations and the U.S. Marine Corps. He was President of JWT when it was the world's largest advertising agency. Later, he was the CEO/Founder of the branding agency of O'Reilly, O'Brien, Clow, Inc. and President of Hill Holiday Advertising, leading them to win Clios for Best Advertising in their product categories. He worked on issues surrounding the Internet and the New Economy and contributed to President Clinton's Framework for Global Electronic Commerce. He graduated from Marquette University, followed by studies at Graduate Schools of Business at both Harvard and Stanford.
Directors
www.richmondworldaffairs.org, 28 Sept 2010 [cached]
Walter J. O'Brien, Jr. Former Vice Chairman
Visure Corporation: A Revolution in Branded Entertainment
www.visurecorp.com, 18 Nov 2007 [cached]
Walter J. O'Brien retired recently from the International Advertising Association where he had been CEO.Wally was General Manager of JWT/Chicago, which he grew into the JWT's largest revenue and profit producer.As a result, he was promoted to President & Chief Operating Officer of JWT/USA.He led the agency to record high gains in revenue and profits.In his second year as President, JWT was named agency of the year by Adweek Magazine, the only time the -agency received that accolade.He was elevated to Vice Chairman of JWT's Worldwide Board of Directors, and made a member of the Worldwide Operating Committee and the Corporate Compensation Committee.As its first "Director in Charge" of worldwide clients, he led JWT's successful strategic realignment to enhance its competitive position in 44 countries.
SEC EDGAR Submission 0001193125-05-076624
www.sec.gov, 14 April 2005 [cached]
Walter J. O'Brien, Jr. (69) has been a director of the Company since May 2000.From June 2001 to December 2002, Mr. O'Brien was the Director General/CEO of the International Advertising Association (IAA).The IAA is a global organization which operates in 97 countries.Its purpose is to spread brand building skills around the world.From September 2000 to June 2001, he was the Executive Director of the Privacy Leadership Initiative, Inc.From May 1999 to September 2000, he was a consultant for The O'Brien Association, a brand consulting firm.From November 1995 to April 1999, Mr. O'Brien was the President of the National Advertising Review Council, an advertising self-regulatory organization.Previously, he was Vice Chairman and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of J. Walter Thompson Worldwide (JWT), one of the worlds leading advertising agencies.Most of Mr. O'Brien's professional life was spent at J. Walter Thompson.His first job at JWT was as a copywriter.He progressed to General Manager of JWT/Chicago then President and Chief Operating Officer of JWT/USA and finally Vice Chairman of JWT's Worldwide Board of Directors, and a member of the Worldwide
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Mr. Walter J. O'Brien
The Information Policy Institute
www.infopolicy.org, 26 Dec 2006 [cached]
Walter O'Brien - Director General, International Advertising Association, and Former Vice Chairman, J. Walter Rothschild
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