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Office Employees500+
Total US500+
Total Worldwide500+
Jim Heekin, Chairman & CEO
Jim became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grey Group in 2007, after leading Grey, the company’s global advertising arm, since 2005. Grey Group ranks among the world’s top marketing organizations, serves one-fifth of the Fortune 500, and operates 432 offices in 96 countries with 10,000 employees. Its multidisciplinary offer focuses on operating companies such as Grey, G2, winglatino and Alliance, and includes sister company MediaCom.

Jim resumed leadership of Grey New York in January 2009. Under his direction, Grey has reenergized its ranks with world-class talent, introduced a new strategic platform for developing outstanding creative ideas and enhanced its total communications offering.

This revitalization delivered on every key measure in 2009: new business success, growth from existing clients, a soaring creative reputation and a collaborative culture thriving in a new world headquarters.

Prior to Grey, Jim served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Euro RSCG Worldwide. He joined the agency in late 2003 as President and Chief Operating Officer. Jim is credited with spearheading the revitalization and growth of the global network. Under his leadership, Euro RSCG Worldwide dramatically transformed its business development efforts and ranked among the best new business gainers.

A graduate of Williams College, Jim has served on the Board of Directors for JWT, the Interpublic Group of Companies, the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Ad Council.
Michael Houston, CEO, North America
Michael joined Grey New York, the global network’s flagship headquarters office, in 2007. He is one of the most respected and innovative marketers in the industry and an integral part of the New York management team, spearheading Grey’s business development efforts and the marketing of the Grey brand. His indisputable talent at winning new business helped Grey win $672 million of it in 2010. He was promoted to Managing Director in September 2011. Previously at Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, Michael led one of the agency’s most successful periods in its history. In the mid-’90s, he spent five years at Young & Rubicam and Landor Associates in New York and San Francisco on the account, new business and corporate communications sides. He rose to the position of Vice President, North American Business Development, for the advertising agency. During his tenure, Y&R added more than a billion dollars in new business. During his days in Account Management and Brand Strategy, Michael worked across a variety of industries on a diverse portfolio of brands such as Kraft’s Jell-O, United Airlines, Chef Boyardee, Pirelli Tires, Coors, Dreyer’s/Edy’s Ice Cream and Lexus. He began his advertising career as Jay Chiat’s first intern to work across disciplines at Chiat\Day, New York. Michael is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied advertising and marketing at the William Allen White School of Journalism.
Andreas Dahlqvist, Chief Creative Officer
Andreas joined Grey in January 2015 as Chief Creative Officer of Grey New York. An innovator and category-definer who has been named to ADVERTISING AGE’s “CREATIVITY 50” list, Andreas Dahlqvist founded DDB in Sweden and the Nordics in 2004. During his seven years as Executive Creative Director and Managing Partner in Stockholm, the agency was ranked as the best digital and the best interactive agency in the world by the Gunn Report, as well as the best creative agency in the region.
Dahlqvist most recently has served as President of the McCann Creative Leadership Council and Chief Creative Officer at Commonwealth/McCann, the global business unit built for General Motors. He joined McCann New York in 2011 as Vice Chairman, Executive Creative Director, leading the agency to its most awarded year ever, and went on to become Deputy Chief Creative Officer for Global Brands.
Andreas Dahlqvist has won every major creative award including Cannes Titanium and Grand Prix Lions. He has created groundbreaking campaigns across the communications spectrum for such clients as McDonald’s, General Mills, Diesel Jeans, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, The Swedish Armed Forces, Skoda, Panasonic and Volkswagen whose “Fun Theory” work became the most viral campaign ever at its time.
Jane Reiss, Chief Marketing Officer
Lisa Fabiano, Chief Talent Officer
Chris Esposito, CFO
Chris joined Grey in 2007 to oversee financial operations of Grey Group’s flagship advertising unit, Grey New York, including oversight of the agency’s Atlanta office and Hispanic marketing company, Wing. He handles operational financial planning, budget development and management, as well as staff management and development.

He played an essential role in the recent restructuring of the New York financial team. By building a foundation for optimal performance, the revamped financial group led to savings of more than $1 million. Chris also developed new policies and procedures to enhance client profitability and reporting.

Chris began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP & Andersen LLP, eventually rising to Senior Manager. His clients included Publicis subsidiaries such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Zenith Media and Leo Burnett, as well as the shared service center; Web MD Health Corp.; Adecco Employment’s subsidiaries such as Ajilon; and Remy Martin USA. Andersen clients included Omnicom Group Inc. corporate audit and a number of its subsidiaries; WPP subsidiaries such as Ogilvy & Mather;
HAVAS subsidiaries; and Sequa Corporation. Chris was recognized as an outstanding performer each of his nine years at Ernst & Young and Anderson.

Chris holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.