Sir John Hegarty

Sir John Hegarty

Worldwide Creative Director at BBH

We live in a global world with global media. The world really has shrunk. And with that shrinking, the problems the world faces become ever more apparent. We can no longer fail to notice or plead ignorance. Of course many of us assuage or guilt by donating money. Which in itself is essential, not to be scoffed at. But the more you talk to people dealing with these numerous problems the other valuable commodity they need is people's time. In fact it is the most valuable thing you can give. It is through direct contact that we can assess the needs and the solutions of those less fortunate than ourselves. And this is TIE's great gift. All of us have the means, in no matter what we do, to improve the lives of others. It is for this reason we should do all we can to support TIE and applaud Philippa White for her gift to the less fortunate.

John started in advertising as a junior Art Director at Benton and Bowles, London in 1965. In 1967 he joined the Cramer Saatchi consultancy which became Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, where he was a founding shareholder. One year later he was appointed Deputy Creative Director. John left in 1973 to co-found TBWA, London as Creative Director. The agency was the first to be voted Campaign (the UKs leading advertising magazine), Agency of the Year in 1980. In 1982, John left to start Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Four years later, in 1986, BBH was voted Campaign magazine's Agency of the Year and won the title again in 1993, 2003, 2004 and 2005. BBH Worldwide was voted Campaign magazine's first ever Network of the Year in 2004. BBH was also voted Cannes advertising agency of the year 2years running. John's industry awards include two D&AD Golds and six Silvers, Cannes Golds and Silvers, and British Television Gold and Silvers. He was awarded the D&AD President's Award for outstanding achievement in the advertising industry. In May 2005, the International Clio Awards awarded John with the Life Time Achievement award for his outstanding achievement in the industry. In 2007, John received a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours. John has also been appointed to the New York's One Club Hall of Fame and in 2008 was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.