Spielvogel on MPG USA Advisory Board

NEW YORK Advertising veteran Carl Spielvogel has joined the advisory board of Havas’ Media Planning Group USA. He will assist MPG in formulating strategic and tactical decisions for the development and growth of the company and its clients, the company said in a statement.

Spielvogel began his career as a journalist with The New York Times and was its first daily advertising columnist. After 10 years he joined McCann-Erickson in 1960. He was later named executive vice president and general manager, before joining McCann’s parent company, Interpublic Group in 1972, where he rose to chairman of the executive committee and vice chairman.

In 1979, Spielvogel left Interpublic to form Backer & Spielvogel, whose revenue was to exceed $500 million within five years. The agency—which he headed as chairman and CEO—later merged with Bates Worldwide to become Backer Spielvogel Bates Worldwide, with current billings of $5 billion and 145 offices in 55 countries.

After leaving the advertising industry, Spielvogel founded the United Auto Group, which he built into a chain of 65 car dealers, with sales of $4 billion. UAG was one of the first auto dealership groups to be publicly owned.

In 1995, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the U.S. Government Board of Broadcasting, and in 2000 he was named U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, and served in its capital, Bratislava.