The Ad Council has a new board chair: Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal’s chairman of global advertising and partnerships, will head up the nonprofit’s board of directors.
She takes over from David Fischer, Facebook’s chief revenue officer, who had been board chair since July 2019. The NBCU ad sales chief will serve in the role through June 30, 2022.
In her new position, Yaccarino will work with Ad Council leadership and the executive committee on the organization’s mission of using communications to address the country’s biggest social issues—including the Covid Vaccine Education effort. She’ll also chair the Ad Council’s 2021 Annual Public Service Award Dinner fundraiser.
“Linda is a visionary leader in our industry, and in her many years on our board she has been a true champion of the Ad Council and our work on the most important social issues facing our country,” said Lisa Sherman, Ad Council president and CEO, in a statement. “I look forward to working closely together on our Vaccine Education effort, as we convene the communications industry for the most significant campaign in the Ad Council’s history.”
Yaccarino joined the Ad Council board in 2014 and became a member of the executive committee a year later. She was vice chair prior to taking on her new role.
“There are almost no words to express how proud I am to serve as chair, working alongside the extraordinary Lisa Sherman,” Yaccarino said in a statement. She elaborated on her new position in a LinkedIn post:
“As our nation begins to recover [from the pandemic], the Ad Council is preparing to roll out another vital campaign to combat misinformation and ensure Americans get vaccinated. That’s why I’m so eager and honored to serve in this new capacity. Advertising has the power to drive action, and the Ad Council shows us what’s possible when we combine that power with responsibility, creativity, credibility and care for people. “
Founded in 1942, the Ad Council traditionally rotates board chairs between the organization’s four sectors: media companies, technology platforms, agencies and advertisers.