Fast Chat: GS+P's First Female Partner Margaret Johnson

Executive creative director on 16 years at the agency

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Margaret Johnson, Goodby Silverstein & Partners’ first new creative partner in over a decade and its first female partner, has worked on nearly every agency account in her 16 years at the San Francisco shop. Landing a job there, let alone moving into GS+P’s inner circle, was the last thing she expected after a GS+P job interview where Rich Silverstein delivered a withering critique of her work, hurling an ad across his office. In a chat with Adweek, Johnson offers a glimpse of her time at the agency, including the day Elizabeth Taylor made the unflappable Jeff Goodby blush.

Adweek: How did you get to GS+P?

My very first job was at Leonard Monahan Lubars & Kelly where Jeremy Postaer, who was my idol at the time, hired me to work under him.

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