Advertising is all about creating hot work, and often that work is created by hot people. It’s also a business in which image counts, and agencies attract and recruit more good-looking talent than, say, the legal or accounting professions.It’s also August, the hottest time of the year. So Business Insider Advertising has compiled this list of the 50 sexiest people in advertising: The Hot List 2012.
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We used a complex social media algorithm to rank our executives. (We’d love to tell you how it works, but it’s proprietary, of course). The variables within it are weighted for age, reputation, and power, in addition to looks.
After all, it’s easy to be hot when you’re a 22-year-old intern. But if you’re still turning heads when you’re a middle-aged CEO, that’s a much more impressive achievement. So our list is comprised of both up-and-comers and established silver foxes.
After scouring agency databases, award panels, and various social media outlets (there are some surprisingly provocative Twitter thumbnails out there), we narrowed down our list to 50 admen and women. (One caveat: Although we have met many of these people in person, the judging was done from an even playing field—photographs. We’re aware that some of our nominations probably present better in 2D than 3D.)
Talent is sexy.
Kapfer does niche marketing strategy for the LGBT, African American, and Hispanic communities for Walton Isaacson.
Prior to working at KBS&P, Senecal was the president of McCann Erickson's New York office.
Duffey has worked on the One Card and My WishList for American Express.
Mossler is responsible for developing and maintaining Groupon's public and media presence.
James works with Wrigley/Mars at DDB. She was previously vp/North America Account Director for P&G Always.
Austria has done some huge campaigns, like VW's 'The Bark Side' Super Bowl trailer for Deutsch, and is currently doing freelance ... after he gets back from a four month long surfing trip around the world.
You also might recognise Paradise from her stint on AMC's reality series, 'The Pitch.'
Before working at Team One, Nnadi was at TBWA/Chiat/Day and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Reznick worked at 72andSunny for four years before she moved to the talent agency life at CAA in June.
Ryuck works in Canada and is passionate about technology and emerging consumer trends.
Picho-Owiny is a designer, photographer, and illustrator.
Romano was previously a Global Creative Director at Euro RSCG. She's also learning how to surf.
Juriga, right, worked at Droga5 before getting his post at BBH NY, where he did creative for Google--like 'Dear Sophie.' He recently departed BBH.
Taft lives in Los Angeles and supervises national and regional interactive paid media for Lexus.
Along with her duties at CP+B, Kempner launched Perspectives with Katie Kempner to 'inspire and empower working women who are attempting to live meaningful, happy, healthy lives as some combination of wives and partners, mothers, friends, sisters, daughters and successful professionals while retaining a sense of self and navigating the crazy 24/7 always-on life that is today's reality.'
Choi was appointed to head Cheil's global creative division in 2010. He was previously the VP and CEO at Diamond Ogilvy Korea, where he worked on Nike, Motorola, and Unilever.
Peykar worked at Viacom for seven years before coming to Univision.
Speichert has 15 years of marketing experience around the world, but he is best-known for his post as the top marketer at L'Oreal.
Coleman is also the president and CEO of GHV, which Globalhue describes as 'an independent venture company that seeks opportunities in media, marketing and advertising to create alternative business for GlobalHue clients.'
This duo primarily worked on Heineken as a team. After working at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam for two years, Brink and van Woerden announced their plans to leave the agency to freelance and follow their own initiatives in late July.
Hobba has also been at MediaVest and Mediacom.
Thompson is a Canuck and spent 15 years at Saatchi & Saatchi in their Toronto office.
Strasberg drove the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile as his first job out of college. He's moved up in the professional world since then and worked on Burger King, Volkswagen, Truth, and Ikea for CP+B before he joined Doner.
Behan is the managing director of the fourth biggest agency in South Africa.
Ghally does work for the Egyptian Tourism Authority, Nokia, Nestle, Vodafone, and Unilever.
Mokgwatsane was appointed CEO of Ogilvy South Africa in January 2012.
Comstock is in charge of GE's sales, marketing, and communication. She's also on Nike's Board of Directors.
Fernandez worked as an art director prior to being an executive creative director. He has done work for clients including Unilever, Ford, Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Volkswagen.
Gale was the CMO of one of the best-branded airlines on the tarmac. She left in 2011 to work on a networking book, and to do speaking and consulting. We suspect she'll be back in the business soon.
Alex Bogusky supposedly left the advertising game two years ago when he resigned from Crispin Porter + Bogusky but was recently named partner and creative adviser at Made Movement, an agency created by fellow CP&B defectors dedicated to supporting companies that make their products in America.
Fakhoury currently works in the Nissan Division at Zimmerman.
Andrew Robertson has been the president and CEO of BBDO Worldwide for eight years.
Lefebure was born in Bangkok and co-founded graphic design firm Design Army with her husband in Washington DC. She was on Business Insider's list of the 37 creatives most lusted after by rival agencies.
Granger has won more than 50 Cannes Lions and about 1,000 industry awards to date.
Vale began her career in Australia and is now the VP of Global Research and Strategic Communications at Mojiva, which specialises in mobile strategy.
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