Business 100 - 2010

James R. Heekin III

James R. Heekin/Grey Group

James R. Heekin III became chairman and CEO of Grey Group in January 2007, after leading Grey, the company’s global advertising arm, since 2005.

Advertising Age named Grey to its prestigious A-List of the world’s best agencies. Prior to Grey, Jim served as chairman and CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, a subsidiary of Havas.

Earlier in his career, Jim served as chairman and CEO of McCann-Erickson WorldGroup and McCann-Erickson Worldwide.

A graduate of Williams College, Jim has served previously on the Board of Directors for JWT, the Interpublic Group of Companies, The American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Ad Council. A fourth-generation Irish American whose father’s family came from Co. Donegal, Jim says that he has been “proud to witness and be a small part of the rise of the Irish in America and the transformation of Ireland.”