Basic Info

Core Competencies: Full Service, Digital, Marketing/Creative Services, Market Research/Consulting, Branding/Naming/Product Development, Others

Founded in: 1917

Network:

Holding: WPP Group Plc (London, United Kingdom)

Employees: 1000

Awards: 339

Creative Work: 222

Clients: 35


Contact Information

200 5th Avenue
New York New York 10010
United States
Phone: (+1) 212 546-1852
Email:
Website:

Michael Houston

Michael Houston

Worldwide CEO

Phone: (+1) 212 546-2150

Debby Reiner

Debby Reiner

CEO, Grey New York
Ben Tauber

Ben Tauber

Partner, Director of Marketing, North America

Phone: (+1) 212-546-1852

Core Competencies: Full Service, Digital, Marketing/Creative Services, Market Research/Consulting, Branding/Naming/Product Development, Others

Founded in: 1917

Network:

Holding: WPP Group Plc (London, United Kingdom)

Employees: 1000

Awards: 339

Creative Work: 222

Clients: 35

Grey New York

200 5th Avenue
New York New York 10010
United States
Phone: (+1) 212 546-1852
Email:
Website:
Michael Houston

Michael Houston

Worldwide CEO

Phone: (+1) 212 546-2150

Debby Reiner

Debby Reiner

CEO, Grey New York
Ben Tauber

Ben Tauber

Partner, Director of Marketing, North America

Phone: (+1) 212-546-1852

Grey New York Leadership and Team Members

Jim Heekin

Jim Heekin

Executive Chairman

Jim became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grey Group in 2007, after leading Grey, the company's global advertising arm, since 2005. Grey Group ranks among the world's top marketing organizations, serves one-fifth of the Fortune 500, and operates 43 2 offices in 96 countries with 10,000 employees. Its multidisciplinary offer focuses on operating companies such as Grey, G 2, winglatino and Alliance, and includes sister company MediaCom.Jim resumed leadership of Grey New York in January 2009. Under his direction, Grey has reenergized its ranks with world-class talent, introduced a new strategic platform for developing outstanding creative ideas and enhanced its total communications offering.This revitalization delivered on every key measure in 2009: new business success, growth from existing clients, a soaringcreative reputation and a collaborative culture thriving in a new world headquarters.Prior to Grey, Jim served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Euro RSCG Worldwide. He joined the agency in late 2003 as President and Chief Operating Officer. Jim is credited with spearheading the revitalization and growth of the global network. Under his leadership, Euro RSCG Worldwide dramatically transformed its business development efforts and ranked among the best new business gainers.A graduate of Williams College, Jim has served on the Board of Directors for JWT, the Interpublic Group of Companies, the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Ad Council.

Michael Houston

Michael Houston

Worldwide CEO

Phone: (+1) 212 546-2150

Michael was promoted worldwide chief executive officer on August 1st 2017, the same day Grey group was officially 100 years "old". “As global president, I've travelled the world and been inspired by the depth and breadth of talent and creativity across the Grey network,” Houston said. "I'm humbled to work among such brilliant creative minds and honored to become CEO of this great agency brand at the height of its momentum, with vast potential ahead.” Michael joined Grey New York, the global network's flagship headquarters office, in 2007.He is one of the most respected and innovative marketers in the industry and an integral part of the New York management team, spearheading Grey's business development efforts and the marketing of the Grey brand. His indisputable talent at winning new business has helped Grey win over $1 billion of new client billings in the last three years.Previously at Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, Michael led one of the agency's most success¬ful periods in its history. In the mid-'90s, he spent five years at Young 8( Rubicam and Landor Associates in New York and San Francisco on the account, new business and corporate communications sides. He rose to the position of Vice President, North American Business Development, for the advertising agency. During his tenure, Y8(R added more than $1 billion in new business.During his days in Account Management and Brand Strategy, Michael worked across a variety of industries on a diverse portfolio of brands such as Kraft's Jell-O, United Airlines, Chef Boyardee, Pirelli Tires, Coors, Dreyer's/Edy's Ice Cream and Lexus. He began his advertising career as Jay Chiat's first intern to work across disciplines at Chiat\Day, New York.Michael is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied advertising and marketing at the William Allen White School of Journalism.

Debby Reiner

Debby Reiner

CEO, Grey New York

Debby runs the agency's largest client, P&G, a business that went from large to tremendous in 2013 with the huge global Gillette win. Growth continued in 2015 with the huge global grooming win that includes Venus, Braun and The Art of Shaving brands. In recognition of her many achievements, in 2015 Debby was promoted from Grey New York EVP, Partner and Global Beauty Director on P&G to President Grey/Global P&G, overseeing our entire portfolio of brands. She has consistently driven revenue growth for Grey New York with an integrated offering that includes Shopper Marketing and Hispanic. Debby first joined Grey fresh out of Harvard in 1989 as an Assistant Account Executive on Joy and Downy. In 1991, she left the world of soap behind to work on P&G’s newest acquisition, CoverGirl, and she’s had the beauty bug ever since. She left Grey for a brief stint at Coach and then J. Walter Thompson, where she led the development of Effie-winning work for Clairol brands. She returned to Grey in 1999 to lead Pantene and has been instrumental in restoring the brand’s growth in North America and creating the integrated communications program for its reinvention around the world.

John Patroulis

John Patroulis

Worldwide CCO

John joined BBH New York as CCO in August of 2011. Starting at TBWA/Chiat/Day in New York and San Francisco, John worked for several years on global and national accounts including adidas, Nextel, Absolut, Samsonite, Fox Sports, Barnes & Noble, and Motorola. For his efforts, John earned top creative honors for everything from viral films to interactive billboards to global TV campaigns. In 2007, he left to help launch T.A.G., and within a year was recognized for his work on the groundbreaking Halo 3 “Believe” campaign, which became the most awarded integrated campaign of the decade. This and other content-driven successes led John and his partners to launch agencytwofifteen in 2010 - and one year later, their work on Xbox and the social-media-driven launch of the Kin phone led it to be named to Creativity’s “A-list”, placing agencytwofifteen among the twelve most creative agencies in the world. Over the course of his fourteen-year career, John has received every top international creative honor, including the One Show Best in Show, Grand Clio, The Grandy, and the Cannes Grand Prix, which he has won twice. 

Ben Tauber

New Business

Ben Tauber

Partner, Director of Marketing, North America

Phone: (+1) 212-546-1852

Ben began his career at Grey in account management, spending five years here before leaving in 2007. He came back to Grey in 2013 as Director of Business Development, introducing current and prospective companies to Grey’s services locally as well as globally across the network. In recognition of his success in that role, he was promoted to Partner, Director of Marketing, North America in 2016. As a member of the Executive Management Committee, he is an integral part of the New York management team, spearheading Grey’s business development efforts and the marketing of the Grey brand. Ben’s contention that Grey is far superior to all other creative agencies is based on experience: in between his stints at Grey, he worked at multinational agencies BBDO and DDB. During his days in Account Management, Ben was the lead account steward for companies in various categories including professional services, retail, spirits, luxury, fashion, telecommunications, hospitality, and finance. Throughout his career, Ben has been fortunate to work on businesses that employ both traditional and non-traditional marketing tactics, giving him a unique perspective when creating solutions for clients. Originally from Potomac, Maryland, Ben is a graduate of Boston University. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Westchester, New York.
Suresh Nair

Suresh Nair

Global Chief Strategy Officer

Chris Esposito

Chris Esposito

Grey NY Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee

Chief Strategy Officer

Jonathan, who joined Grey in 2015, has been charged with evolving our Strategy Group, one that is built for tomorrow and delivers breakthrough innovation. He drives the development and implementation of a single strategic POV and integrated creative thinking that leads to big platform ideas true to our “Famously Effective” mission. It’s been said that the future of advertising lies at the intersection of creativity, data, media, and technology. Jonathan brings a track record of success in all of these areas as well as traditional brand planning. He joined Grey from Huge, the Brooklyn-based worldwide digital agency, where he served as Global Managing Director, Planning and Strategy for the past three years and oversaw an integrated strategic offering comprising over 100 individuals globally. Jonathan has held senior leadership roles in strategic and account planning at both digital and traditional shops including Rosetta, the digital agency, where he developed and introduced a new planning philosophy for the “connected world” and TBWA/Chiat/Day New York where, among other things, he developed the global brand strategy for Michelin and led the Vonage account. He has forged successful integrated strategy models across disciplines and planning and creative collaboration across borders.