ADC Announces New President and Board Members

The Art Directors Club is thrilled to announce that Benjamin Palmer has been elected to serve a three-year term as our 58th president.

Palmer co-founded The Barbarian Group and has served as CEO since company inception in 2001. He has quickly risen as one of the most recognized and respected voices in interactive advertising, playing a pivotal role in transforming the digital industry from an experiment into a central component of successful marketing while earning accolades including one of Esquire magazine’s “Best and Brightest”. Under his leadership, The Barbarian Group was named Creativity’s “Interactive Agency of the Year” in 2006 and “Digital Company of the Year” in 2008, and recently recognized as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. He joined the Board of the ADC in 2008. As President, he succeeds Doug Jaeger, partner, JaegerSloan, Inc., New York.

On his first goals as President:
We want to make membership even more meaningful, to grow our membership and give them more programs year-round: opportunities to meet their peers, continue learning and connect with the best of the industry. Along with that, continue increasing our focus on global growth. While there’s always something exciting happening in the ADC gallery, our mission also extends to the goals and challenges of the worldwide industry. We’ll continue to grow our global partnerships, events and our presence on the web.

On his predecessor as President, Doug Jaeger:
Doug laid the groundwork for reinvigorating ADC as a cultural hub with strong year-round programming. I want the club to continue in that direction, with programming that appeals on both local and global levels and cool events in our great gallery space that connect people and provide real value to members.

The club is also very pleased to announce four new members to its Board of Directors: Nicole Jacek, creative director, karlssonwilker, New York; Alessandra Lariu, cofounder, SheSays, New York; Dany Lennon, owner/president, The Creative Register, Inc., New York and Robert Wong, executive creative director, Google Creative Lab, New York.

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