Disney CEO Bob Iger to be Honored at The Ad Council’s 70th Annual Public Service Award Dinner

The Ad Council announced today that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger will be receiving the organization’s Award for Public Service at its Public Service Award Dinner on December 5, 2024, at the Glasshouse in New York City.

“Under Bob’s leadership, Disney has continued its longstanding commitment to public service and social impact. Bob is a role model for so many in the industry and we look forward to celebrating his legacy of outstanding corporate citizenship,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council.

Bob Iger served as CEO and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company from 2005 to 2020, then as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board before his return as CEO in 2022. During his tenure, he has expanded Disney’s portfolio through strategic acquisitions including Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Iger’s management earned Disney recognition as one of Forbes’ “Most Reputable Companies” and Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Recognized as one of the world’s influential business leaders, Iger has received numerous accolades, including being named TIME’s Businessperson of the Year in 2019. He currently serves on the boards of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Under Iger’s leadership, Disney has deepened its relationship with numerous organizations that support the wellbeing of children, particularly those facing critical illness. In 2018, Iger announced a global commitment of $100 million to help reimagine the patient experience in children’s hospitals, committing a mix of financial support, products and services. Additionally, through Disney’s collaboration with Make-A-Wish, the company has helped grant more than 155,000 life-changing wishes for children since the first wish was granted more than 40 years ago at Disneyland Resort.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Ad Council and I am immensely proud of the positive impact Disney has on people and communities around the world,” said Iger. “Our company, like our storytelling, has always been a force for good. We believe that nothing is more important than supporting the well-being of children, which is why we are so committed to bringing joy and inspiration to those who need it most.”

Bringing together leaders at the intersection of media, marketing, advertising, and technology, the Ad Council’s Annual Public Service Award Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraising event, with the last Annual Dinner in 2023 raising more than $8.1M to support the Ad Council’s national social impact programs.

Previous recipients of the Ad Council’s Award for Public Service include Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg, former Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson Alex Gorsky, former Chairman and CEO of IBM Ginni Rometty and former CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi.

This year’s event will be co-chaired by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors Tara Walpert Levy, VP, Americas at YouTube and Rita Ferro, President, Global Advertising at The Walt Disney Company.

To learn more about the event and to purchase tables or tickets, please visit the event’s website.

The Ad Council convenes creative storytellers to educate, unite and uplift audiences by opening hearts, inspiring action and accelerating change around the most pressing issues in America. Since the non-profit’s founding, the organization and its partners in advertising, media, marketing and tech have been behind some of the country’s most iconic social impact campaigns – Smokey Bear, A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Love Has No Labels, Tear the Paper Ceiling and many more. With a current focus on mental health, gun safety, the opioid epidemic, skill-based hiring and other critical issues, the Ad Council’s national campaigns encompass advertising and media content, ground game and community efforts, trusted messenger and influencer engagement, and employer programs, among other innovative strategies to move the needle on the most important issues of the day.

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