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Darien's John Osborn To Receive AAF's Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

Darien's John Osborn has been named the 2016 recipient of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award.
Darien's John Osborn has been named the 2016 recipient of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien’s John Osborn, president and CEO, BBDO New York, and longtime supporter of the American Advertising Federation, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award.

Osborn will be honored with the award at the upcoming American Advertising Federation's annual national conference, ADMERICA, Tuesday, June 7 in Anaheim, Calif.

Osborn’s involvement with the federation and its programs since the beginning of his career embody the spirit of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award, which is named in honor of the late Bart Cummings, whose career was dedicated to industry service and advancing the social and economic values of advertising.

In 2003, Osborn was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, which recognizes outstanding advertising leaders age 40 and under who have made a significant impact on the industry. He has spent his time since then heavily involved with the federation's leadership as the vice chairman on the board of directors, chair of the ADMERICA annual national conference, chairman of the board of directors and chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame.

“John Osborn truly embodies the values of what we do here at the AAF,” said James Edmund Datri, president and CEO of the federation. “Working with ‘Ozzy’ over the last eight years has been a personal honor for me. He has made an extraordinary and lasting impact on our organization, its leadership and its initiatives, across multiple fronts. He is respected and admired by everyone in our organization – and in our industry – both for his amazing professional skills, and for the humanity, humor, genuine goodwill, generosity and kindness he brings to his work with others.”

As CEO of BBDO New York since 2004, Osborn is the longest-tenured CEO of a New York agency. His time with the agency has been spent expanding the agency’s portfolio into more categories and services and building an award-winning team.

Each year, the federation's conference brings leading advertising professionals, agencies, clients, media companies and college students under one roof for education, inspiration, innovation, collaboration and celebration of the advertising industry. 

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