Pioneering Brands

People. Culture. Commerce.

J. Walter Thompson has been pioneering brands since 1864. We go where others only dare. We pioneer forward, rebelling against convention. We do this with bravery, ambition and just the right amount of swagger. We tap into our 150-plus years of brand-building wisdom to build brands that last as long as we have.

If our work doesn’t move the dial against three metrics, we crumple it up, throw it in the bin and start all over. Our work has got to change the way people think, feel and act. That’s when culture starts to shift. And when culture shifts, it creates room for brands to grow.

By pioneering brands like Illinois Office of Tourism and St. Louis Children's Hospital, we keep them relevant in the modern world, while also driving their businesses. 

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Philosophy & Competitive Advantages

Humble. Hungry.

Pioneers are hungry. We are restless, never satisfied. We respect the need for help on our journey, and reach out to collaborate. We value the significance that a new perspective can bring. We constantly challenge ourselves and those around us. We're completely focused on the work.

Work that drives our clients' businesses. Work that enables brands to adapt to an ever-shifting world. Work that is creative, aspirational and responsible. Work that shapes the world.

200+ Offices

90+ Countries

· American Advertising Awards – Bronze in Cyber – Illinois Tourism – The Big Fancy Webpage of MiniAbe 

· ESTO/US Travel Association – Mercury Award for 2016 Best Tourism Campaign – Illinois Tourism – Find Something More

LEADERSHIP

Susan Kimkirkland

Susan Kimkirkland

President & CEO
Dean Foerter

Dean Foerter

Chief Strategy Officer, JWT Chicago and Canada
Erin Clark

Erin Clark

Senior Partner Group Management Director
Mike Beamer

Mike Beamer

Creative Director