Mr. Draft is a visionary entrepreneur who navigated his way through multiple marketing revolutions, building a global advertising agency from 13 employees in 1978 to over 8,000. He recently retired as Executive Chairman of DraftFCB (currently FCB) in December 2014.
As Draft's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he turned what was a direct marketing agency into a global marketing services company with expertise in all media, retail, digital, promotion and general advertising. The business grew dramatically through a strategy of organic growth and acquisitions. In his career, key client relationships include: HBO, Verizon, KFC, Taco Bell, State Farm Insurance, American Express and Beiersdorf/Nivea.
As Chief Executive Officer of DraftFCB, he led the agency's investment in early stage company Facebook in 2006 at a $440 million valuation. Once the acquisition was completed the relationship was managed at the agency level and then the proceeds from the sale were harvested at the IPG level. He has also served as Jury President at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes. In 2007, Howard was elected to the Board of Directors to the Ad Council.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Direct Marketing Association Hall of Fame, honored with the Maxwell “Mac” Dane Award for Humanitarian Excellence by the UJA-Federation of New York and awarded the Chicago Advertising Federation's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Howard also serves on the Board of Directors for Peloton Cycle, MyMedia, Jukka Foods and is the former director of OptionsXpress Holdings, Inc. He has been an entrepreneur who helped found, build and sell companies such as ToyWatch, Effen Vodka and Wantickets.
A father of three, Draft is a graduate of Ripon College, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Art History.