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Global Business Leader Elected to Serve as Chairman of the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees

John J. Dooner, Jr., Chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup to Lead World's Largest Private Charitable Organization


Alexandria, VA — Members of United Way Worldwide, the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit, elected John Dooner, Chairman & CEO of McCann Worldgroup, to lead its global movement for the next year.

John J. Dooner, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup, a company he created in 1997, which since has grown to become one of the world's leading marketing communications companies. Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCann Erickson Worldwide, the world's largest advertising agency network and one of the seven companies that comprise McCann Worldgroup.

"John's extensive global business expertise and his personal commitment to improving lives through United Way will be a tremendous asset to our movement as he leads our work in mobilizing important community change," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide.

Mr. Dooner shared with United Way Worldwide members that he agreed to serve as chair because the United Way movement is focused on the issues that matter most to him: education, income and health. United Way works to advance the common good through strategies focused on improving community outcomes in education, income stability and health. The organization has even set 10-year goals in the U.S. to cut the high school dropout rate in half, cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy. Mr. Dooner served on United Way of America's (preceding the creation of United Way Worldwide) Board of Trustees when these goals were set.

Mr. Dooner serves on the Boards of the Sound Shore Medical Center and St. Thomas University. Additionally he is a Charter member of the President's Advisory Council of CARE and a member of the Ireland Council of the University of Notre Dame.