Advertising executive Bill Gray served for many years at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc., rising through the ranks and contributing significantly to the company’s development. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Gray has maintained a focus on supporting his community through a variety of organizations. A longtime trustee for the New York Public Library, he has also brought his insights to the boards of the Greater New York Chapter of The American National Red Cross, the National Corporate Theatre Fund, and the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut. In addition, Mr. Gray has given considerable support to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and the World Wildlife Fund. In 2008, he received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the New York Chapter of the Red Cross.
Bill Gray has distinguished himself in the world of advertising with numerous accolades. He won the prestigious David Ogilvy Award twice and contributed to campaigns that have won Effie Awards, One Show Pencils from The One Club, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity awards. Mr. Gray began his career at Ogilvy & Mather in 1978 as an Assistant Account Executive and rose through the ranks to achieve the title of President of Ogilvy & Mather’s New York office from 1997 to 2005. In 2005, he received a promotion to Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather’s North America region, which he held until 2009. Bill Gray also served on Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide’s Global Board of Directors, and as a member of Ogilvy & Mather’s Global Executive Committee.
Outside of his work with the leading advertising agency, Bill Gray was formerly an Independent Director as well as a member of the Coordinating and Risk Committees at the Harleysville Group, Inc., a publicly traded, leading property and casualty insurance firm for four years, and currently serves as an Independent Trustee for the Century Capital family of mutual funds. Mr. Gray also co-owns and manages a consulting firm based in Southport, Connecticut, called Hulls Highway Inc.