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AmCham Global CEO Series | David Sable

  • Four Seasons Hotel 500 Wei Hai Road Shanghai (map)

Global CEO Series:
David Sable, CEO of Young & Rubicam

AmCham Shanghai's first special guest speaker of the 2016 Global CEO series begins with David Sable, Global CEO, Young & Rubicam. Join over lunch for the chance to hear from a global visionary on 'Dysfunction, Disruption and Driving Profit'.

"Profit is something Amazon has trained Wall Street not to expect.” — The New York Times

Y&R Global CEO David Sable will share what he believes is the biggest problem facing the marketing industry — “Digibabble,”  when people ascribe status to anything digital, social, and mobile as if nothing existed before it.  Looking at cases from retail to the startup world, including Amazon, Netflix and Uber, Sable will challenge the audience to differentiate “disruption" from “evolution" and will remind them that the basic math for driving profit has not changed. Quick Delivery, Instant Delivery, Overnight Delivery, Personal Delivery are not new concepts created by apps and cloud connectivity (although they do help fuel them). They are as old as human need and have often been way more profitable and efficient than they are today.


Wednesday 2 March 2016 | 11.30 - 13.30

Four Seasons Hotel
500 Wei Hai Road

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RMB 250.00 Member
RMB 400.00 Non-Member


David Sable is Global Chief Executive Officer of Y&R.  Named to the post in February 2011, David has long had Y&R in his blood.  He first joined as a trainee in 1976 and credits his start here for both his passion for the business as well as his core skills.

After Y&R, David worked at Wells Rich Greene and then moved to Israel, where he co-founded an agency, Mimsar. That start-up was a pioneering entry into the high-tech arena and reinforced David’s entrepreneurial spirit. Coming back to the U.S., David found his home at the extended Y&R family, working for Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe.  In 1990, he returned to Y&R Advertising to lead the international portion of the agency’s Colgate-Palmolive account.  He then helped create Y&R’s team approach on the US Postal Service’s consolidated account, before leaving to pioneer an omni-channel startup in the U.S., Genesis Direct. In 2000, he moved to Wunderman, also part of the Y&R family, where he spent 10 years, ultimately as its Vice Chairman, before returning home to Y&R.

David is active in the industry as a Vice Chair of the Advertising Council’s Board of Directors and, for many years before, a Director-at-Large of the 4As.  He has served as Jury President at Cannes three times, as head of the Direct, Creative Effectiveness and Creative Data juries and was a member of the Titanium jury.

A prolific writer, David has a strong online presence.  He has been blogging The Weekly Ramble since 2006, is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and was invited to be a LinkedIn Influencer, where he now ranks among the most widely read global business leaders.  He is also currently serving as an Executive Producer on MTV’s highly acclaimed REBEL MUSIC series.

In 2013, Fast Company named David one of the 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses.  He serves on the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s National Board and was the founding chair of their NY Board.  He serves on NY’s Volunteer State Office of National and Community Service Commission and served14 years on the NY Cultural Advisory Committee.  He sits on the Boards of UNCF and the Christopher Reeve Foundation and is deeply involved with the Special Olympics.   He also is a member of American Eagle Outfitters’ Board of Directors.

Read David Sable’s full bio here