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advertising agency executive

Lester Wunderman, American advertising agency executive.


Wunderman, Lester was born on June 22, 1920 in New York City. Son of Harry and Dorothy (Horowitz) Wunderman.


Student, Brooklyn College, 1938. Student, New School Social Research, 1955. Student, Columbia University, 1973.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), City University of New York, 1984.


Vice president, then executive vice president Maxwell Sackheim & Company, Incorporated, New York York City, 1947-1958. President Wunderman Worldwide, 1958-1977. Chairman Wunderman Cato Johnson, 1977-1997, chairman emeritus, since 1999.

Senior advisory to board directors Young & Rubicam Inc., 1993-1997. Chairman emeritus Young & Rubicam, since 1999. Chief Executive Officer Wunderman, LLC, since 1997.

Lecturer to major trade groups worldwide, on creativity and marketing New York University, New School Social Research, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lecturer primitive art Columbia University, Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Museum Fine Arts. Special researcher primitive art, Mali.

President Wunderman Foundation, since 1962. Chairman visiting committee, Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, since 1979. Adjunct professor marketing, 1993-1997, visiting clinical professor of direct marketing, New York University School of Continuing Education, since 1998.

Lecturer, adjunct professor, chairman École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, Cergy-Pontoise, France, in the Lester Wunderman Chair, 1985-1990. Founding chairman International Strategic Forum on Direct Marketing, 1985. Chairman advisory board Center for Direct Marketing, New York University, 1984-1994.

Director Dentsu Wunderman Direct, Tokyo, 1985-1997. Visiting professor New York University, since 1998.



Honorary trustee International Center of Photography. Former member administrative council International Fund for Promotion of Culture for United Nations Educational. Board directors, member executive committee United States Committee for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, 1984-1992.

Trustee Children's television Workshop, since 1986. Member American Association Advertising Agencies (past board directors), Direct Marketing Association (board directors 1979-1985), Town Tennis (New York City), Alta Delta Sigma.


Married Suzanne Oksman Cott, 1975. Children: Marc, Karen.

Harry Wunderman

Dorothy (Horowitz) Wunderman

Suzanne Oksman Cott

Marc Wunderman

Karen Wunderman