Starcom CEO Lisa Donahue Wins Chicago Advertising Federation Woman of the Year

By Bob Marshall Comment

The 54th annual award for the Chicago Advertising Federation “Woman of the Year” award goes to Lisa Donahue, CEO at Starcom since 2009.

Managing an annual $9.1 billion in billings, Donahue’s tenure at the agency has brought in an additional reported $1.7 billion in new business and new client partnerships with brands like Darden Restaurants, Best Buy, Burger King, Advance Auto Parts and Harley-Davidson. To qualify for the honor, Donahue had to fit the Chicago Advertising Federation’s four criteria, which consist of significant contributions made to her company, significant contributions to the greater advertising community, individual accomplishments, both personal and professional and contributions to the development of others.

A reception will be held on October 7 at the Chicago Hilton. Chicagoans, if you decide to crash the party, we suggest you bring some sort of gift for Donahue to make up for ruining the reception with wacky antics or incessant whining about the Cubs. Maybe construct commemorative throwing stars designed to look like Starcom’s logo?