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

Executive creative director on 16 years at the agency

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.