Four Inducted into Advertising Hall of Fame

NEW YORK–The American Advertising Federation inducted four ad industry veterans into the Advertising Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria on Tuesday.

The honorees were Katharine Graham, former chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Co., who died last July; Charles Peebler Jr., chairman emeritus of Chicago’s True North Communications; Hal Riney, chairman and CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney in San Francisco; and John Smale, retired chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co. and former General Motors Corp. chairman.

About 650 people attended the 2-hour luncheon. Graham was inducted first. Her son, Donald Graham, chairman of the board at the Washington Post Co., accepted for her. Peebler was inducted next, introduced by Peter Lund, former president and CEO of CBS. Riney was introduced by John “Jock” Elliott, chairman emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather and a former colleague. Milton Gossett, chairman emeritus of Saatchi & Saatchi, introduced Smale.

The AAF, based in Washington, started the Advertising Hall of Fame first in 1948; since then, 157 people have been inducted. Past honorees include Leo Burnett, Jay Chiat and David Ogilvy.