Nina DeSesa

Nina DiSesa
Chairman
McCann Erickson New York

Wednesday, October 29

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Nina started her advertising career as a writer in Richmond, Virginia then migrated to New York in 1983 where she worked at Y&R and then McCann Erickson in 1987.

In 1991 she became EVP and Executive Creative Director of JWT/Chicago, her first job running the entire creative department of an ad agency.

In 1994, Nina returned to McCann's New York office as EVP, Executive Creative Director, where she led one of the most successful new business teams in McCann history, bringing in an unprecedented $2.5 billion in billing over a four-year period.

In 1998, Nina was made Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of McCann New York. She was the first woman and the first creative director to be made Chairman in the McCann global network. In 1999, Nina was chosen by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.

In 2004, after 10 years, Nina turned over the creative responsibilities of the New York office to Joyce King Thomas, and remains as Chairman. Currently, her responsibilities are centered on the global businesses of McCann Worldgroup.

Her first book Seducing the Boys Club, was published in January of 2008 by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. She has just finished writing her second book - her first novel.