Dan Wieden (2009)

Co-Founder & CEO, Wieden + Kennedy

In 1982 four young and ambitious people took a card table, a few chairs and several cardboard file cabinets and began what would become one of the most respected advertising agencies in the world. One of those four was Dan Wieden, co-founder, president, and creative director of Wieden+Kennedy, a company Wieden describes as driven by chaos, energy, and passion.

Starting with a single client, Nike, the list of high-profile clients soon skyrocked to include Microsoft, Coca-Cola, ESPN, Subaru, Nike, Honda motorcycles, Microsoft, and TV Guide. Thanks to their innovation and creative genius, the company has snagged a plethora of awards including, National Agency of the Year in 1991 and 1996. In addition, Wieden himself was named one of the world’s 50 CyberElite by Time magazine and one of the 32 members of the One Club Creative Hall of Fame.

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