4A’s Poised to Name Hill

NEW YORK A committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies has put forth former Lowe North American CEO Nancy Hill as its choice to succeed O. Burtch Drake as president and CEO of the 4A’s, sources said.

The 4A’s board of directors is scheduled to meet next week to vote on the committee’s recommendation, per sources. If confirmed, the selection would end a search process that took more than a year. Drake has been the top executive of the 4A’s since 1994.

On Thursday, a 4A’s representative declined to comment on Hill, noting that “whoever is selected as Burtch’s successor requires confirmation of our board of directors.” Hill, who left Lowe in September after 15 months at the shop, could not immediately be reached.

Hill exited Lowe amid its loss of creative duties on General Motors’ GMC brand, an account that had estimated revenue of $10 million. On her watch, the shop forged a new project management function and streamlined its title structure but generated relatively little significant new business, which was one of her main responsibilities.

Before Lowe, Hill was a managing director at Omnicom Group’s BBDO in New York, where she managed the agency’s Visa account. Earlier in her career, she was president of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos in San Francisco