These Are The 50 Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive

advertising hot list 2012

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.

50. William Kapfer, Walton Isaacson

Kapfer does niche marketing strategy for the LGBT, African American, and Hispanic communities for Walton Isaacson.

49. Lynn Teo, Chief Experience Officer, McCann Erickson

Teo is an 'expert in creating a collaborative culture, leading by empowering teams, and instilling a multi-discipline approach to problem-solving.'

48. Amir Farhang, Executive Creative Director, Nara

Farhang's bio lists his notable campaigns as Axe Gamekillers, Sony Rocket Project, Burger King 'Stuff of Legends' and Adidas' Basketball is a Brotherhood.

47. Lori Senecal, CEO, KBS&P

Prior to working at KBS&P, Senecal was the president of McCann Erickson's New York office.

46. Simon Bond, CMO, BBDO

Bond helped establish BBDO's digital operations around the world.

45. Augusta Duffey, Executive Creative Director, Gannett

Duffey has worked on the One Card and My WishList for American Express.

44. Jose Miguel Sokoloff, President and CCO, Lowe SSP3 Colombia

Sokoloff is known for launching campaigns that promote social justice in Colombia.

43. Julie Mossler, Director of Communications, Groupon

Mossler is responsible for developing and maintaining Groupon's public and media presence.

42. Robert Rasmussen, Formerly CCO at Tribal DDB US

Rasmussen and his dimples have worked on campaigns for Advil, Reebok, H&R Block, and Intel at Tribal DDB. He left last week to move to the West Coast.

39. Janelle James, Senior VP Group Business Director, DDB

James works with Wrigley/Mars at DDB. She was previously vp/North America Account Director for P&G Always.

40. Jerome Austria, Freelance

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.

41. Liz Paradise, Global Creative Director, McKinney

You also might recognise Paradise from her stint on AMC's reality series, 'The Pitch.'

38. Michael Nnadi, Senior Interactive Producer, Team One

Before working at Team One, Nnadi was at TBWA/Chiat/Day and Saatchi & Saatchi.

37. Jessica Reznick, Marketing Executive, Creative Artists Agency

Reznick worked at 72andSunny for four years before she moved to the talent agency life at CAA in June.

36. Chris Adams, Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

Adams also loves the 90s. While at Saatchi, the creative director worked on this Game of Life-themed ad for the Toyota Prius starring Winnie Cooper and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

He also made this Super Bowl ad about crazy pets for Pedigree for TBWA/Chiat/Day.

35. Min Ryuck, Digital Director, Dentsu Network

Ryuck works in Canada and is passionate about technology and emerging consumer trends.

34. Chomoi Picho-Owiny, creative director, Fortune Cookie

Picho-Owiny is a designer, photographer, and illustrator.

33. Fernanda Romano, CCO, Naked Brazil

Romano was previously a Global Creative Director at Euro RSCG. She's also learning how to surf.

32. Jesse Juriga, most recently at BBH NY

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.

31. Amanda Taft, Media Supervisor, Team One

Taft lives in Los Angeles and supervises national and regional interactive paid media for Lexus.

30. Jay Russell, EDC, GSD&M

Russell is a runner. According to his bio, 'He's also 9,000 miles into his effort to run the circumference of the earth -- 15,901 to go.'

29. Katie Kempner, EVP Global Communications, CP+B

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.'

28. Wain Choi, Global V.P. ECD, Cheil Worldwide

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.

27. Shirin Peykar, VP of Direct Response, Univision

Peykar worked at Viacom for seven years before coming to Univision.

26. Marc Speichert, CMO at L'Oreal

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.

25. Kelli Coleman, EVP Corporate Communications, Globalhue

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.'

24. Philip Brink and Hugo van Woerden, formerly at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam

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.

23. Carolyn Everson, VP Global Ad Sales, Facebook

Everson has been described as 'Facebook's secret weapon.'

22. Michael Houston, Grey

Houston is the managing director of Grey New York.

21. Suhaila Suhimi Hobba, EVP Managing Director of Digital, Initiative

Hobba has also been at MediaVest and Mediacom.

20. Olivier Altmann, CCO, Publicis

Altmann was promoted to CCO in November of 2009.

19. Sandy Thompson, Global Planning Director, Young & Rubicam

Thompson is a Canuck and spent 15 years at Saatchi & Saatchi in their Toronto office.

18. Rob Strasberg, co-CEO and CCO, Doner

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.

17. Melanie Behan, Managing Director, Young & Rubicam Johannesburg

Behan is the managing director of the fourth biggest agency in South Africa.

16. Donny Deutsch, Chairman, Deutsch

Donny Deutsch is the chairman of Deutsch. He has also published numerous books, acted as the former host of CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. He used to have a penchant for Speedos and ripping off his shirt mid-interview.

15. Sally Ghally, Senior Art Director, JWT Cairo

Ghally does work for the Egyptian Tourism Authority, Nokia, Nestle, Vodafone, and Unilever.

14. Abey Mokgwatsane, CEO, Ogilvy South Africa

Mokgwatsane was appointed CEO of Ogilvy South Africa in January 2012.

13. Beth Comstock, SVP, GE

Comstock is in charge of GE's sales, marketing, and communication. She's also on Nike's Board of Directors.

12. Shahir Zag, Executive Creative Director, Young & Rubicam Dubai

Zag has done award-winning work for Colgate, Harvey Nichols, Land Rover, and LG. (Oh, and here's a picture of him with penguins.)

11. Lotta Malm-Hallqvist, EVP, McCann

This is Malm-Hallqvist's second time working at McCann.

10. Roberto Fernandez, Executive Creative Director, JWT Brazil

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.

9. Porter Gale, Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America

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.

8. Alex Bogusky, founding partner at CP+B

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.

7. Lara Fakhoury, Account Executive, Zimmerman Advertising

Fakhoury currently works in the Nissan Division at Zimmerman.

6. Nate Naylor, freelance

Although Naylor has worked at Wieden & Kennedy and Goodby, he's currently best-known for being Scarlett Johansson's boyfriend.

5. Angela Steele, CEO, Ansible Mobile

Steele also ranked No.16 on Business Insider's list of the Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising 2012.

4. Andrew Robertson, President & CEO, BBDO

Andrew Robertson has been the president and CEO of BBDO Worldwide for eight years.

3. Pum Lefebure, Co-Founder, Design Army

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.

2. Tony Granger, Global CCO, Young & Rubicam

Granger has won more than 50 Cannes Lions and about 1,000 industry awards to date.

1. Amy Vale, Mojiva

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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