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Advertising agency executive

William E. Phillips, American advertising agency executive. Recipient Distinguished Service award, Singapore Outward Bound, 1997, Kurt Hahn award, Outward Bound, 1998, Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service award, Cornell University, 2001.

Background

Phillips, William E. was born on January 7, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of William E. and Alice N. Phillips.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1951. Master of Business Administration, Northwestern University, 1955.

Career

Brand manager, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, 1955-1959; with, Ogilvy & Mather, New York City, 1959-1990; chief Executive officer, Ogilvy Group, 1981-1988; executive in residence, professor Johnson Graduate School Management, Cornell Univercity, 1989-1990. Board directors Sun Glass Hut, Inc., Distinguished Service Medal International Alliance National.

Membership

Chairman emeritus Outward Bound International. Chair Outdoor Education, Cornell University, since 1990. Co-chair Cayuga Society for Planned Giving at Cornell University.

Trustee emeritus Cornell University. Trustee International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, Rhode Island, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1991-2010, Ogilvy Group Emeritus. Active in Democratic politics.

Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1951-1954, Korea/Pacific/Mediterranean. Member Old Lyme Country Club, American Alpine Club, Explorers Club, Cornell Club, University Club, Naval Military Club (London), Achilles Club New York City (board directors).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Skiing, tennis, bicycling.

Connections

Children: Michael, Tom, Sarah. Married Barbara Smith, November 27, 1997.

father:
William E.

mother:
Alice N. Phillips

spouse:
Barbara Smith

child:
Michael Phillips

child:
Tom Phillips

child:
Sarah Phillips