The Story Behind the Name - The Foley Room (23-127)
The Foley Room (23-127) is named in honor of Paul Foley, the man credited with the agency’s creative revival
- Foley, a onetime newspaper reporter, switched to copywriting and joined McCann Detroit in 1955 where he played a key role in the agency’s important addition of General Motors as a U.S. client in 1958.
- He moved in 1959 to head McCann New York as manager and creative leader before rising to become McCann’s overall chairman (1964) and then CEO (1968).
- In 1971, Foley, who had retained creative leadership of McCann while rising in management, was elevated to CEO of Interpublic, a position he held until retiring in 1980.EndFragment