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John J. Dooner, Jr.

Chairman, Brand Stewardship Worldwide Board of Trustees
Chairman The Dooner Group
New York, New York

John J. Dooner Jr. currently is Chairman Emeritus of McCann Worldgroup, a Company he formed in 1997. Earlier, from 2000 to 2003, he was Chairman & CEO of Interpublic Group (IPG: NYSE), McCann Worldgroup’s parent company; and led McCann Worldgroup as Chairman, CEO from 1997 to 2000, and again from 2003 to 2011, when he assumed the Chairman Emeritus post.

John began his career with McCann Erickson in 1984, rising to Worldwide President in 1992. In 1997 as Chairman & CEO he created and launched the McCann Worldgroup, today one of the world’s leading marketing communication companies, comprised of eight companies which themselves are global leaders in both size and perception in their respective fields. The company operates in over 120 countries with 23,000 employees and $3 billion in revenue. The client roster includes preeminent global marketers and many of the world’s famous Brands.

In addition to McCann Erickson Worldwide, the Worldgroup is comprised of such leading brands as MRM (digital marketing/relationship management), Momentum (event marketing/promotion), McCann Health (professional/dtc communications), CRAFT (global adaptation and production), UM (media management), Weber Shandwick (public relations), and FutureBrand (consulting/design).

As a long time industry leader, John is the former Vice Chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), Chairman of the Ad Council and Member of the Board of the Advertising Education Foundation (AEF). He has been honored with a number of industry awards including the National Human Relations Award from The American Jewish Committee; the AEF Agency Award from the Advertising Educational Foundation; and he was named Adweek magazine’s East Coast Executive of the Year.  Under John’s leadership McCann Erickson was named “Agency of the Year/Global Agency of the Year” six times by the leading advertising publications in both the US and Europe.

Recently John established the Dooner Group, a marketing communication consultancy. He is a partner in iRGONOMIC, a technology marketing communications company and DDCD a brand and entertainment company.

His outside Board of Director posts include: 

  • Ethan Allen (ETH NYSE). John was elected to the board in 2011 and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Located in Danbury, CT.
  • United Way Worldwide.   He is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees and currently Chairman, Brand Stewardship. He has been a Board member since 2007.  United Way, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization, is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories, with more than $5 Billion in charitable giving. Located in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • St Thomas University.  He is 2013 Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He joined the board on 2004.  STU has over 5,000 students. Located in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Additional current and past not-for-profit boards include: Sound Shore Medical Center, New York, and Notre Dame Irish Council Trustee, South Bend Indiana. He is past Charter Member of the Presidents’ Advisory Council CARE, Atlanta; and Trustee of College of New Rochelle, New York.

Background/Personal: John’s business career began in 1970 in the media area of Grey Advertising. Three years later he joined an Interpublic agency and after a series of management posts, joined McCann in 1984. John is a graduate of St. Thomas University. He and his wife Cindy reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Westchester, New York.