Ed Vick

Chairman Emeritus, IAVA; Former CEO of Young & Rubicam, Inc.

Ed Vick is a former Naval officer who served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. During his second tour he led over 100 combat missions throughout Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and along the Cambodian border. He received two Bronze Star Medals with Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. In 2003, he published the historical novel Slingshot based on his experiences during the war.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1966, his business career was spent in the marketing communications business, including most recently, as CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising and its parent, Young & Rubicam Inc. Ed has been recognized as one of the most creative, innovative executives in the advertising world. During his tenure, Young & Rubicam won numerous creative awards and was named Agency of the Year on several occasions. He retired in 2001.

He is active in veterans’ causes, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America for his volunteer work, which includes serving on the Board of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. Beyond veterans’ causes, he has served on a number of other boards including The American Foundation for Aids Research, the United Negro College Fund, The Advertising Education Foundation, and The American Association of Advertising Agencies.