BIOGRAPHY: PHILIP H. GEIER, JR.
Geier's distinguished advertising career started when he joined McCann-Erickson in 1958. Rising through the ranks quickly, he was named Vice Chairman of the parent company, Interpublic, in 1975, then President and COO two years later. Finally in 1980, at the young age of 45, Geier was named Chairman and CEO.
Over the 20 years under Geier's leadership, Interpublic grew from revenues of $500M and 8,000 employees to a truly global enterprise with 650 offices in 127 countries, with revenues of $5.6B and 50,000 employees. He shepherded over 200 acquisitions to help build four main worldwide agency networks McCann-Erickson Worldwide, Draft FCB, Lowe Worldwide and Weber Shandwick Public Relations and dozens of international specialized agencies. His business model became the blueprint of other global holding companies. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Interpublic stock experienced a compound growth rate of over 22 percent. He retired from this position at the end of December 2000 and serves as Chairman Emeritus.
But Geier's career was not only about insightful business decisions. His dedication to activism and strong support of the advertising industry were instrumental in protecting the industry's interests. Geier served as Chairman of the Advertising Council and was an active member of the Business Council. He created economic stimulus proposals for three administrations and served on a number of government task forces. Over the years, he has worked with various political committees, as well as Congress, on miscellaneous domestic social and economic issues.
After retirement, Geier continues to be deeply engaged in a number of charitable causes. He serves as trustee for the boards of Autism Speaks, Columbia University Business School, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Save the Children Federation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Additionally, currently he is an adviser to Lazard Freres & Company, LLC, as well as AEA Investors Inc. and serves on the board of directors of Cross Media Works and Ourstage, Inc. He retired from the Board of Directors of Agknowledge Holdings, Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Fiduciary Trust International, Foot Locker Inc. and Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.