David Bell is currently an Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., a private equity fund manager, and a Senior Advisor to AOL Inc. and AOL Ventures.
Prior, David was Chairman and CEO of the Interpublic Group, one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Mr. Bell joined Interpublic in July 2001 as Vice Chairman. Previously, Bell was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of True North Communications Inc., and prior to that was President and CEO of Bozell Worldwide. He came to Bozell in 1975 when the agency acquired Knox Reeves Advertising, where he had been President since 1972. A member of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors since 1997, Bell served as its Chairman from June 2002 until May 2003. Bell served as Chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies in 1996-97 and was a two-time Chairman of the American Advertising Federation. He is currently Chairman of the Advertising Educational Foundation and of PRO-AD PAC, the industry’s Political Action Committee. Bell serves on the Board of Directors of Primedia Inc. and The New York City Partnership.