Founded in 1864 and headquartered in New York City, J. Walter Thompson is one of the world’s oldest and largest advertising agencies. In 2005, the company dropped J. Walter Thompson in...read more
Bob Jeffrey is the Chairman and CEO of JWT Worldwide, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand for close to 150 years. As JWT’s CEO, Jeffrey is responsible for 200 offices and nearly 10,000 employees in more than 90 countries.
Jeffrey closely oversees relationships with blue-chip global clients including HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, Nestlé, Nokia, Royal Caribbean, Schick, Shell and Unilever.
Jeffrey’s mission is to lead JWT into the future by making things inspired by the world. This blending of international imagination and technological innovation is a process he calls worldmade. It is through this process that Jeffrey has delivered a freshly reinvigorated network prepared to guide and build some of the world’s most powerful brands.
Top priority for Jeffrey is the ongoing search for the very best talent and, naturally, an absolute focus on creativity. JWT continues to excel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, picking up a total of 49 Lions in 2011, topping the previous high mark of 42 Lions awarded in 2010. JWT once again made history at this year’s festival by winning the first ever Grand Prix Lion awarded to mainland China.
Jeffrey is regarded as an ambassador of advertising and is widely respected for his views and achievements. His knowledge and experience of the industry led him to become a regular contributor to Fox Business Network, CNBC and CNN, as well as a frequent source of quotes for leading trade and business publications. He also hosts a new Web series called “Worldmakers," interviewing influencers from the tech, media and brand space. The show airs on JWT's YouTube channel and has been featured on The Huffington Post, Marketing UK, HollywoodLife.com and more.
Jeffrey sits on the boards of the International Center of Photography and the Atlantic Council, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Raised in Rhode Island, Jeffrey is the oldest of seven children. His 15 nieces and nephews help keep him on the cutting edge of pop culture and emerging media.