Bill Gray began his long and successful career with Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc., in 1978, when he assumed a role as Assistant Account Executive. In 1997, he became President of Ogilvy & Mather’s New York office, a position in which he served until 2005. In 2005, Mr. Gray was named Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather’s North America region, the largest of the international communications agency’s regions. Bill Gray remained in this capacity until 2009, boosting the company’s operations with major clients, in particular in the fields of financial services, telecommunications, and technology.
Currently, Mr. Gray enjoys a number of diverse professional endeavors, including co-owning a consulting firm called Hulls Highway Inc. in Southport, Connecticut. Bill Gray accepted a role as an Independent Trustee for the Century Capital Family of Mutual Funds in 2006 and still holds this position. From 2007 to the spring of 2011, he worked as an Independent Director for Harleysville Group, Inc., a well-known property and casualty insurance company, as also sitting on its Coordinating and Risk Committees.
Bill Gray attended Harvard University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He subsequently gained admission to the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration. Still active with his alma mater, Mr. Gray frequently acts as a guest speaker and lecturer at the Darden School of Business.
A former member of the Board of Directors for The Ad Council, Inc., and Chairman Emeritus of The American National Red Cross Greater New York Chapter, Bill Gray has served as a Trustee at the New York Public Library since 1997, sitting on the executive committee and chairing the marketing committee. Mr. Gray supports a number of other organizations, including The Fresh Air Fund, a New York City nonprofit that provides free summer programs in the country for underserved inner-city youth. He also sat on the board for the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Connecticut for 20 years, until stepping down in 2010.