Former Ad Agency Receptionist Now CEO

by Alyssa Oursler | May 30, 2013 11:23 am

kaplan 300x199 Former Ad Agency Receptionist Now CEOKaren Kaplan was just named CEO of Boston-based ad agency Hill Holliday, which works with big-name clients like Bank of America (BAC[1]), Manulife Financial‘s (MFC[2]) John Hancock division, Dunkin Donuts (DNKN[3]), TJX Brands (TJX[4]), Novartis (NVS[5]) and Brinker International‘s (EAT[6]) Chili’s.

If you’re not impressed, you should be. Kaplan joined Hill Holliday over three decades ago as a receptionist with no background in the industry. Since then, she has climbed the ladder … now, all the way to the top.

Last fall, Ad Age named her one of the most influential women in advertising[7]. Plus, the website also reported that her “tight relationships with clients are a boon to the shop.” Business Insider also chose Kaplan as one of the “30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising.”

Kaplan is taking over for Mike Sheehan. The former-CEO said that  “there is no one who has worked harder or who is better positioned to lead Hill Holliday to new levels of growth and success.”

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