Kopp, Ex-Burnett CEO, Dies at 83

CHICAGO Former Leo Burnett chairman and chief executive officer C.R. “Jack” Kopp died earlier this week from complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 83.

Kopp, who ran the Chicago agency from 1976-82, was the shop’s third CEO. During his tenure, the shop doubled its billings from $723 million to nearly $1.5 billion. He joined the shop in 1955 as an account executive in client services and was promoted to account supervisor two years later. In 1965, he was elected to the agency’s board of directors and was named management director of client service in 1967. He was named president of Leo Burnett USA in 1970 and president of the global organization in 1975.

“Jack was a tough, dedicated and devoted leader who knew how to listen to clients,” said former Burnett chairman and CEO John J. Kinsella, who succeeded Kopp in the post, in a statement. “His unique blend of spirit, muscle and heart guided talented people into critical management positions.”

Kopp was born on April 8, 1921. He joined the Army in 1938 and served in both World War II and the Korean War. Prior to joining Burnett, he worked at Marathon Paper in Neenah, Wis., and at Needham, Louis & Broby in Chicago.

His wife of 26 years, Jenna Lou; daughters Deborah Poulin and Sally Wood; son Jeffrey Kopp; and seven grandchildren survive Kopp.

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, at Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth, Ill.