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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Ann Fudge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of advertising giant Young & Rubicam Brands, named The University of Arizona 2005 Executive of the Year

Selected by the UA’s Eller College of Management as Executive of the Year, Fudge was recently named to Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business,” Time’s “25 Global Business Influentials of 2004,” and Wall Street Journal’s “Global Top 50 Women to Watch.”

TUCSON, Ariz. – March 18, 2005 – The Eller College of Management has named Ann Fudge, Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, as The University of Arizona 2005 Executive of the Year. Fudge will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, March 29, 12:00 p.m., at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson.

The Executive of the Year Award recognizes national leaders who exemplify exceptional achievement in the administration of private enterprise and public service. The award luncheon, sponsored by Wells Fargo, brings together university students, faculty, and members of the Arizona business community to celebrate the recipient’s accomplishments, particularly as a role model for our business students. Over 400 attendees are expected at the luncheon, more than half of which will be current students hosted by members of the Eller College National Board of Advisors.

“Successful companies understand the power of building the brand,” commented Ken Smith, interim dean of the Eller College of Management. “These companies place marketing at the heart and soul of the company in everything it does—from its mission to product development to customer services. Ann Fudge has been at the core of many leading brands and it is a pleasure to share with our students her experience, creativity, and passionate approach to business.”

The recipient of many honors, Fudge was recently named to Time’s “Global Business Influentials of 2004”, Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, and Wall Street Journal’s “Global Top 50 Women to Watch.” She has been profiled in Black Enterprise magazine, Business Week, and The New York Times.

After earning a B.A. from Simmons College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Ann Fudge advanced from marketing assistant to marketing director for General Mills before going on to become president of Kraft Foods’ Beverage, Desserts, and Post Division. After a year at the top of Kraft, she walked away from it all, stepping back to spend time with family and friends, to travel, and to simply be.

Two years later, Ann Fudge returned to the professional stage as Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s powerhouses in marketing communications, Young & Rubicam Brands, where she’s launched a new agency model—in her words, “re-inventing the way we create the ideas and the way we work with our client partners.”

Chances are good that you already know the work of Madison Avenue’s Young & Rubicam Brands, parent company of Y&R Advertising and host of other industry leaders such as direct marketing agency Wunderman, brand consultant Landor, and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. As one of the most successful branding and marketing forces in history, Young & Rubicam’s client list includes AT&T, Jim Beam, Land Rover, Miller, NFL, Accenture, Colgate-Palmolive, Toys ‘R’ Us, Kraft Foods, Mattel, Virgin, Sony, Ford, and Microsoft. If you hear “Campbell’s” and think “Soup is good food,” you’re one of the millions who have been affected by the work of Young & Rubicam.

Young & Rubicam sums up Fudge’s contribution to the company: “It would be hard to overstate the impact that Ann Fudge has had on both the work Y&R produces and the people who produce it. In early 2003, Ann took over the helm as Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands and the results have been, to put it mildly, remarkable. From day one, Y&R’s world has been colored with her vision, integrity, openness, creativity, sense of honor and her determination to infuse our work with honesty, integrity and respect and, let’s face it, love.”

Previous recipients of the UA Executive of the Year award include Donald Rumsfeld, Ted Turner, Andrew Grove, Peter Coors, Jerry Colangelo, Herb Kelleher, and Robert Eckert.

Event Information

The award luncheon will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard. Tickets for the event are $60 per person or $600 per table of ten and are available by contacting Debra Rodriguez at 520.621.9954 or by e-mail at Members of the media are invited to attend at no charge. View the Executive of the Year website.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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